Georgia

Borderization

I’ve been thinking about the Borderization process being imposed on Georgia by Russian forces stationed in South Ossetia for a few years now.

One article has reflected on the wider implications of this attempt to materialize state sovereignty through boundary fencing, see http://src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/publictn/eurasia_border_review/V0l71/01-Boyle.pdf.

A second sought to understand how the straggly lines of barbed wire that initially constituted this bordeization process come to be reflected at a variety of political scales, from the local to the global, see
https://www.ssoar.info/ssoar/bitstream/handle/document/54456/ssoar-europareg-2017-1/2-boyle-A_Little_Berlin_Wall_for.pdf?sequence=1 .

I’ve been kept away from the topic for practical reasons, but hope to return to it at some point.

EUMM Tours

Below are images from two occasions, in October 2015 and September 2017, where I was able to accompany the European Union Monitoring Mission on their inspections of the boundary.

The first was in the vicinity of Khurvaleti, the most well-known section of this boundary (see on this recently Toal and Merabishvili,
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23761199.2019.1565192 ), while the latter was to Akhmaji.

Khurvaleti

Akhmaji