Taking the Long View: Georgia’s Conflicts in an International Context is a Public Lecture by Thomas De Waal, that took place on January 10, 2019, at HBS Tbilisi Office - South Caucasus Region.
The lecture looks at how the conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have changed over time and how their international context, and in particular the role of Russia and Europe, has changed. International interest in the conflicts peaked in the mid-2000s and has declined again since then. Other events, such as the war in Ukraine, have changed perceptions of the conflicts. The “longer perspective” which the passing of time gives to a protracted conflict provides both opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, a long-lasting conflict slips down the international agenda and risks being forgotten. On the other hand, the passing of time allows actors to work on more practical steps and begin to overcome the traumas suffered in the past.