This chapter analyses the 2008 South Ossetian armed conflict, involving the States of Georgia and Russia, and the armed forces of the de facto authorities of South Ossetia. It was a conflict which made media headlines for a few short days in August 2008, but it was rooted in the break-up of the Soviet Union and followed years of simmering tensions and sporadic hostilities in the region. It had a profound effect on the lives of those living in the region—effects which continue to this day (notably for the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons), and which will...
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