Security And Political Stability During Post Soviet World

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Cedric Tan Professor Rani Mullen GOVT 312-02 20 November 2014 Security and Political Stability in Post-Soviet Georgia The Georgian story is one of remarkable success and progress in the modern, post-Soviet world. Nevertheless, it is marked by tremendous tumult. Living under continual threat from domestic unrest and external aggression greatly influences the national character of the Georgian people. Undoubtedly, these challenges are reflected in political responses as the citizenry struggle to consolidate a fledgling democracy amid the prevalence of autocratic influences. Indeed, security concerns and political instability are two interrelated and prominent challenges to further development. However, to understand the current situation in newly independent Georgia, one requires base comprehension of the long, complex history of the area as it came under rule by Ottomons, Persians, Russians, and the (Russian-dominated) Soviet Union. The first political iteration of the Georgian nation came as a powerful medieval kingdom. Due to its fortunate position as a trade gateway between the Eastern and Western Worlds and its long-standing alliance with the Byzantine Empire, the small kingdom emerged to be very wealthy. However, this golden age was short-lived, as the declining power of a formerly commanding protector in the Byzantine Empire coincided with two centuries (early 1200s to 1400s) of invasions from nomadic Mongols that decimated the state. A much weakened Georgia was

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