Lincoln A. Mitchell and Alexander Cooley examine America's response to the 2008 crisis in Georgia in this month's issue of The Washington Quarterly.
Here's a quote from their article, "No Way to Treat Our Friends: Recasting Recent U.S.-Georgian Relations":
Two unequivocal, but ultimately flawed, principles guided recent U.S. policy towards Georgia. First, the United States supported the Saakashvili government, rather than promoting broader Georgian democratic development. Second, the United States backed reuniting Georgia’s territorial integrity, rather than acting as an honest broker to resolve the frozen conflicts with South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Lincoln A. Mitchell is the author of Uncertain Democracy: U.S. Foreign Policy and Georgia's Rose Revolution.