On my way to the Republic of Georgia
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 9:41AM
Jack Rice in Editorial, News Updates, republic of georgia

The Republic of Georgia has had to fight for its own voice forever.  In the 13th Century, the Mongols swept across Central Asia and wrapped up the Caucuses and much of everything else in their wake in their effort for world domination.  The influence lasted for hundreds of years. Subsequently, the Georgians were dominated by the Ottomans and the Persians until the beginning of the 19th Century when the Russians exerted their own form of dominance.  In one for or another, that dominance lasted until 1991 with the fall of the Soviet Union and the Georgians' Declaration of Independence. Nevertheless, the Georgians have founds various ways to let their voices be heard. Hell, they have been making some of the best wine on the planet for thousands of years. 

Since the desintigration of the Soviet Union, Georgia has sought independence and frequently looked to the West for it while being very aware of the threat from the Russians to the north. When the 2008 war broke about between the Russians and the Georgians, it only highlighted the tensions.  While those tensions have abated to some degree, they still exist to this day.

Even today, Georgia is in an interesting place. With Turkey to the southeast, which is frequently looking to Moscow more than to London, Brussels or Washington DC, and the colossus Russia just to the north and regularly encroaching further and further south, Georgia continues to stand tall.

I leave for the Republic of Georgia in the coming weeks.  As this trip has the potential to particularly unique, I hope to put you in my rucksack and take you along.  

Come back as I continue to post updates. 

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