Shifting Boundaries, Unsettling Realities: Russia's Strategy of Borderization and Creeping Occupation in Georgia

Georgian Studies Seminar
Event Format
In person
CGIS South, Room S354, 1730 Massachusetts Ave

Following the 2008 invasion, Russia occupied 20% of Georgia's territory, marking a significant geopolitical shift in the region. This occupation extended beyond the initial invasion, with Russia employing the tactics of borderization and creeping occupation to gradually expand its control over Georgian territories. Through the construction of barriers, implementation of surveillance, and the incremental extension of territorial control, Russia aims to solidify its influence while minimizing the risk of direct military conflict. These strategies also serve to deter Georgia from integrating with Western institutions and disrupt key economic infrastructures. The process of borderization profoundly impacts local communities, restricting movement, causing economic dislocation, and leading to psychological trauma among affected populations. Moreover, Russia leverages this strategy as a form of hybrid warfare, exerting socio-political control to undermine Georgian sovereignty and its aspirations towards Western integration.

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The Program on Georgian Studies is an activity of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and is made possible by a sponsored research award from the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.


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