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Media Advisory

Talk on crisis in Georgia next Thursday
 

29 August 2008

ATTENTION: News desks, editorial and international affairs writers and editors

Contact: Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944 yanwar@berkeley.edu


WHAT
"Crisis in the Caucasus: A Roundtable Discussion of the Conflict in Georgia." Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss recent developments in South Ossetia at a public talk sponsored by the campus's Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Institute of International Studies.

WHEN
4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4

WHERE
223 Moses Hall, central UC Berkeley campus. For more information, visit the Online Campus Map.

WHO
UC Berkeley panelists will include:

  • M. Steven Fish, professor of political science
  • Johanna Nichols, professor of Slavic languages and literatures
  • Edward W. Walker, professor of political science and executive director of Eurasian and East European Studies
  • Yuri Slezkine, professor of political science and director of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

DETAILS
On Aug. 7, 2008, Georgia launched an attack on its breakaway province of South Ossetia, which has enjoyed de-facto independence since 1992. The following day, Russian forces attacked Georgian units in South Ossetia and moved farther into mainland Georgia. The conflict has led to hundreds of deaths, thousands of refugees and strained relations between Russia and the West, raising fears of a new Cold War.