Russia and Georgia and Us

I saw this on the new york times webpage reprorting on the conflict between Russia and Georgia.

Russian air attacks over northern Georgia intensified on Saturday morning, striking two apartment buildings in the city of Gori and clogging roads out of the area with fleeing refugees.

Russian authorities said their forces had retaken the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, from Georgian control during the morning hours. They reported that 15 Russian peacekeepers and 1,500 civilians have been killed in the conflict.

So what does this have to do with Azerbaijan, and specifically, Peace Corps Volunteers in Azerbaijan?  Nothing, as far as I can tell.  I’ve realized since leaving America that there really is a significant difference between these little countries.  I always kind of assumed that such a small geographic region had to have semi-pourous borders, and much more in common than they have differences.  While there are a lot of commonalities in the Cacausus, they are indeed nations independent of one another.  So even though there may be an escalating conflict in the country next door, it might as well be a thousand miles away, because nothing in Azerbaijan has changed.  And I don’t think it will either.

3 responses to “Russia and Georgia and Us

  1. Hi. Actually being so sceptic is not good for volunteer. You are talking only about nowadays. God just 5 years ago – you will see very active Azerbaijan, its citizen activity and very weak Georgia. Believe me i lived there many years. So, try to learn why it is so today. Azerbaijan is not predictable, actually you see what you want and that is not true always. Azerbaijan were the only in caucasus who standed against Soviet troops, who rejected Russian presence in its territory. So the time frame should be taken more.

  2. Those are good points, but my post was about how the situation in Georgia affects Peace Corps Volunteers in Azerbaijan. You are right that historically, azerbaijan did reject the russian presence in the cacausus, but now, that same issue is being played out in the conflict with russia and georgia again today.

  3. My Top 5 NBA players out of Georgia:

    5. Jake Tsakalidis
    4. Nikoloz Tskitishvili
    3. Zaza Pachulia
    2. Vladimir Stepania
    1. Dominique Wilkins

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