Cover Osteuropa 11/2008

In Osteuropa 11/2008

No Peace without Democracy
Voices from Georgia

Mira Sovakar

Deutsche Fassung


The Georgian public is divided in its assessment of the August 2008 war over South Ossetia. Some question the government’s position that military action was necessary in order to prevent a Russian invasion. The events are assessed in a variety of ways by the people in South Ossetia, the Georgian heartland, and Abkhazia. In all three regions, civil society activists see their future – whether together or apart – in the establishment of stable democratic structures. Without these, it is impossible to create long-term stability and peace in the region.

(Osteuropa 11/2008, pp. 41–54)