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Georgia: Tbilisi Walks Diplomatic High Wire on Iranian Nuclear Issue

Georgia is clearly the closest US ally in the South Caucasus, moving in lockstep with American interests on just about every foreign policy issue – except one: Iran. Not wanting to become embroiled in a potential regional conflict, officials in Tbilisi are trying to finesse relations with Tehran, while staying in Washington’s good graces.

All the saber-rattling surrounding Iran’s secretive nuclear program has Georgians on edge. If the United States, European Union and/or Israel try for a forceful solution of the problem, geography suggests that Tbilisi could easily get dragged into a conflict.

“They [Georgian leaders] want to avoid conflict if possible, but they don’t feel in control of the situation,” said Thomas de Waal, a longtime Caucasus observer and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He is a frequent contributor to Eurasianet's Tamada Tales blog.

Georgia: Tbilisi Walks Diplomatic High Wire on Iranian Nuclear Issue

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