Building a Better Bear

BY DMITRI TRENIN
Foreign Policy | SEPTEMBER 5, 2012

Mitt Romney is not the only one worried about Russia’s geopolitical ambitions. Four years after the end of the brief Russo-Georgian war, Tbilisi is again agitated. On September 15, Russia is conducting military exercises in Armenia, and two days later it is starting a much bigger war game in the North Caucasus. These military maneuvers to Georgia’s immediate south and north coincide with the final phase of the country’s political campaign season, in which the opposition force, headed by a billionaire who made his money in Russia, is challenging President Mikheil Saakashvili’s control over the legislature. No wonder Saakashvili’s government is anxious.

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