The South Ossetian conflict underlines the dangers of unresolved frozen conflicts in the Black Sea region. The 2008 war resulted in a rapid defeat for Georgia's military forces and in temporary Russian occupation of large areas of Georgian territory. It also demonstrated the vulnerability of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. This paper examines the causes of the conflict, its consequences for the regional balance of power, and its dampening effect on efforts to integrate Georgia into NATO and the European Union.
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