Pavel K. Baev
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Civil wars in Georgia
Corruption breeds violence
in Potentials of disorder

Georgia makes an incredibly rich and uniquely complicated case for the analysis of modern civil wars. The central issue in both the political economy of Georgian wars and the post-war reconstruction was corruption, which penetrated into all spheres of social organisation and corroded all state structures to a degree of complete functional stupor. From the moment that Georgia restored its independence, it had found itself engulfed by political violence organised along several separate but criss-crossing tracks, with destabilising impulses spreading unchecked. The conflict in South-Ossetia escalated into violence earlier than most other conflicts in the Caucasus. This was unexpected because in relations between Tbilisi and Tskhinval, there had never been such tensions as there had been, for instance, in the Abkhazian case. Abkhazia managed to stay away from the escalation of war in South-Ossetia and from the internal struggle in Georgia.

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