South Ossetia War

Post-Cold War Europe

Europe 2008.0816

South Ossetia War

Europe after the Cold War (16 August 2008)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

The collapse of Russian power in 1989-91 had allowed NATO and the EU to absorb not only the former Soviet satellites in eastern Europe but also the former Soviet Republics in the Baltic. In the 2000s, it began to look like Georgia, Ukraine, and some of the other ex-Soviet states might soon follow. However when a resurgent Russia intervened in Georgia's dispute with its own breakaway republics, any thoughts of further Western expansion were put on hold.

Main Events

Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania join NATO

2004 enlargement of the European Union

Cyprus, Czech Republic, Malta, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Estonia join the European Union in its single largest expansion to date.

Orange Revolution in Ukraine

Syrian troops withdraw from Lebanon

2007 enlargement of the European Union

Bulgaria and Romania accede to the European Union.

Subprime mortgage crisis in the US

Kosovo formally declares independence

Russian war with Georgia over South Ossetia and Abkhazia

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