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This review is from: A Little War that Shook the World: Georgia, Russia, and the Future of the West (Hardcover)
Asmus is clearly well connected the Western / Georgian Foreign Policy machine, and the key players in it. His insights are translated well into this excellent history of Georgia's conflict with Russia (or rather, Russia's conflict with Georgia).
Asmus gives a good history of the the war, Georgia's aspirations, and Russia's growling frustration with it's neighbour. There are a few things that are startling from the book. First, the true extent of the weak western response and support given to Georgia. Sarkozy's shuttle diplomacy leaves the state with an ambiguous settlement & limited security. Further, one can't but wonder what lesson's Russia's other euro-philic neighbours (Ukraine) might read from the affair. Second - the determination of Russia to start a conflict. With the world's eyes on the Beijing olympics, Georgia fell into the trap many months/years in the making. Again, one cant but wonder what the outcome would have been had the Western world taken the Russian moves more seriously and given better (stronger?) advice to the Georgian premier.
The only weakness to the tale is the lack of 'Russian' perspective. It would be interesting to have had some view from the other side of the conflict.
That said, it is a excellent read and well worth considering for anyone attempting to better understand these two nations.