Adrian L Johnson reviews The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century, by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, and The Mediator: A Biography of Martti Ahtisaari, by Katri Merikallio and Tapani Ruokanen
Georgia's military strategy seems to have relied upon a delayed Russian military response, due to Putin's absence from Moscow, and likely predicated on the belief that President Medvedev would not take any action without Putin being present. This strategy was flawed. As a result, Tblisi could see a consolidation of Russian control over South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The outbreak of fighting between Russia and Georgia has brought Europe to one of the most dangerous moments in East-West relations since the end of the Cold War. And, if a ceasefire is not arranged in the next 24 hours, matters can get far worse. Europe’s ‘frozen conflicts’ are now red-hot.