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  1. The Guardian released a review of Georgian wines available in the United Kingdom, describing them as gorgeous. This is part of each Sunday’s Wines of the Week section. The three wines mentioned are Tbilvino Qvevris, Jakeli Khashmi Saperavi and the Pheasant’s Tears Saperavi.
    Link: http://bit.ly/2uuQCvn

    From our esteemed Santa Monica correspondent comes an article in the McGill International Review, a student-run scholarly journal, on Russian-Georgian relations. The writer takes a realpolitik approach to comments made in an exclusive interview with the former Georgian Ambassador to Russia. The article uses an interview with former Georgian Ambassador to Russia Valeri Karlovich Chechelashvili to argue that Russia’s involvement in regional breakaway territories such as Abkhazia and South Ossetia is a bid for power by ignoring the borders drawn by the West. The author also argues that Russia hopes to remain its regional influence by destabilizing its neighbors.
    Link: http://bit.ly/2u0PRJB

    Last week’s borderization activities in Gori has made some international headlines, mostly as background to contextualise the Trump-Putin meeting at the G20 summit or as fodder for ongoing US-Russia relations. US political magazine Foreign Policy’s Wednesday article entitled “Before Trump Meeting, Russia Quietly Gobbled Up a Tiny Chunk of Georgia” is a good example of this type of reporting.
    Link: http://atfp.co/2ueX2OY

    For contrast, another geopolitical piece concerning Georgia was published by Russian news agency Sputnik International. Ostensibiliy, the article was a review of the career of retiring US Ambassador John Tefft. Tefft also served as the ambassador to Georgia between 2005 and 2009. Concerning this tenure, the article positions Tefft as a restraining influence on the radical hawk Saakashvili, who was lured into war against Russia by the “gung-ho mentality in the Bush White House and the State Department.” The article charitably opines that these turbulent times were of no fault of the the US diplomat.
    Link: http://bit.ly/2uv15GV

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