The Legacies of the 2008 Russia-Georgia War for Security in the Black Sea Region

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The Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, HE Lasha Darsalia outlined the legacies of the 2008 conflict for Georgia and how the Black Sea region has been shaped by the security dynamics set in motion by the 2008 war.

The August 2008 Russia-Georgia marked a key moment for post-Cold War European security. The fighting that erupted in the summer between Russia and Georgia, and which also involved the self-declared breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, was the first European war of the twentieth century.

Twelve years after the war, Georgia, the South Caucasus and the Black Sea region are part of a widening security confrontation as Russia has built on its victory in 2008 to extend its military presence across the region.

Keynote Speaker: HE Lasha Darsalia, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia


  • Dr Neil Melvin, Director, International Security Studies, RUSI
  • Richard Giragosian, Director, Regional Studies Center (RSC)
  • Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, MP in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and former Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (TBC)

This event will be chaired by Dr Jonathan Eyal, International Director, RUSI.

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