Part II, 10 South Ossetia (2008)
Edited By: Elizabeth Wilmshurst
- Armed conflict — Conduct of hostilities — Humanitarian intervention — Aggression — Detention
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...