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The 5-minute Lowy Lunch: The Russia-Georgia war


Sam Roggeveen


11 September 2008 14:18

Yesterday the Lowy Institute hosted two distinguished speakers for its regular Wednesday Lunch series. Professor Graeme Gill from Sydney University and Dr Robert Horvath from La Trobe University examined the policy options for dealing with a newly assertive Russia. You can hear their joint presentation in full here. To get a taste, you can listen to short interviews I conducted with each of them afterward.

First, Graeme Gill argues the West's attitude to the conflict was too heavily influenced by the Georgian president, and that it should make more effort to understand Moscow's perspective.

Robert Horvarth argues the conflict is best explained by examining Russia's post-Cold War internal transformation. He sees some reasons for optimism in Russia.