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Abkhazia and the Promises of Princes (January 27, 2011)

For breakaway states to achieve self-determination, they require the recognition of their independence by other states. Yet often this acknowledgement stems not from a genuine belief in autonomy, but the rivalry between nations. In the case of Abkhazia, Moscow's troubled relationship with Georgia has encouraged Russian support for the emerging state, an alliance which the European Union believes is Russia's attempt to redraw state borders. This article argues that Abkhazia should be examined on its own terms and not solely in relation other countries' national interests. (Open Democracy)

Abkhazia is Recognized by Nauru (December 15, 2009)

The Republic of Nauru became the fourth country to recognize Abkhazia as a state. Nauru has received US $50 million dollars of aid from Russia as a result.  But Nauru is not new in using diplomatic ties to survive economically.  In 2002, Nauru severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan, a move which coincided with a reported pledge of US $130 million from China. (New York Times)

Rethinking Abkhazia: The consequences of Isolation (October 9, 2009)

Venezuela has become the third country to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states.  However, despite rumors that Turkey might follow suit, Abkhazia remains diplomatically isolated. As a result, Abkhazia remains subject to strong Russian influence. (World Politics Review)

Tensions Rise Over Georgia's Sea Blockade of Abkhazia (September 2, 2009)

In September 2008, Georgia imposed a sea blockade on Abkhazia. Due to frequent blockade-running Georgia intercepted and detained several boats "smuggling" goods into Abkhazia. To Abzhakia's leader, Sergei Bagpash, this amounted to "piracy" and he threatened to attack any Georgian ship entering the "territorial waters" of the region. Russia's increased involvement in the blockade dispute adds a new and potentially volatile element to the affair. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Abkhazia and South Ossetia, a Year On (August 11, 2009)

The West's policy of consistent support toward Georgia has resulted in the very shift it sought to avoid: South Ossetia and Abkhazia developing ever closer ties with Russia. If Western States were to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as autonomous states these could engage in "normal" international relations and balance Russia's dominance. (OpenDemocracy)


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