A long-distance relationship

Why has the US government given 40 Humvee vehicles to Georgia? The easy answer is that Georgia continues to send its troops to fight in Afghanistan, and the US government wants to ensure those troops have the vehicles they need.

But why does the Georgian government send troops to Afghanistan? The question is particularly important because when Russia invaded Georgia during the 2008 war, Georgia’s best troops were fighting in Afghanistan and unavailable to defend Georgians. The easy answer is that Georgia wants to be nice to the US government so the US government will be generous with Georgia.

OK, but the more the the US government is friendly with Georgia (such as providing military equipment), the less friendly Russia’s government feels toward Georgia. Would Georgia be better off as friends to the US or the Russian government? I’m assuming that Georgia cannot, at this time, be best friends with both the US and Russian governments.

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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