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Russia to Modernize Military of Georgian Breakaway Region of Abkhazia

September 27, 2019

Episode Notes:

Russian-Georgian relations are suffering another downturn as Russia has announced it's going to fund Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia to modernize its armed forces.

Alina Polyakova, Founding Director of the Project on Global Democracy and Emerging Technology and Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, joins the WarCast to discuss the situation.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:50 ] Overview of Abkhazia
[ 1:44 ] How Abkhazia fits into Russian foreign policy
[ 3:19 ] Expected level of Russian commitment
[ 5:38 ] Georgia's options
[ 7:32 ] Impact on Georgia's NATO and EU aspirations

Follow Alina on Twitter: @apolyakova

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