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Georgia warfare hits home across region

But none of this is beyond David McFadden, Fairfield University’s director of Russian and East European studies. “I think the major reason it happened now is because the focus of the world is on Beijing,” said McFadden. “Both Saakashvili and (Russian Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin saw this as an opportunity to restore frozen conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which have been percolating since 1990.”

Published in the Connecticut Post

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