Author Archives: Gerard Toal

About Gerard Toal

I am an Irish born DC based Political Geographer researching territorial conflicts and the dynamics of geopolitical competition in post-Communist Europe.

The August 2008 War Ten Years Later

History is full of short wars that are quickly forgotten. The five-day war between Georgia and Russia war a decade ago this week felt significant at the time but faded from the headlines quickly as a severe financial crisis unfolded. … Continue reading

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CORRECTIONS: Near Abroad

The following is a working correction list for Near Abroad: Putin, the West, and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus. Oxford University Press have this list and the next print run of the book will incorporate these corrections (some … Continue reading

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Near Abroad Book Launch in Washington DC

Click here for a video of the Near Abroad Book Discussion with Gerard Toal, 7 March 2017

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Work in Progress

Near Abroad was published in January and there’ll be a book launch event in the next month in Washington D.C.. In the meantime, I’ve been collaborating with John O’Loughlin and others to get a few research papers wrapped up based on … Continue reading

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Near Abroad

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, it invaded Georgia. Both states are part of Russia’s “near abroad”—former Soviet republics that are now independent states neighboring Russia. While the Russia-Georgia war of 2008 faded from the headlines, the geopolitical contest that created it … Continue reading

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Srebrenica After Twenty Years

Twenty years ago I was in northern Italy, enjoying that wonderful country and the hospitality of a good family. On the TV news, we saw pictures from the fall of Srebrenica. I remember  being struck by the phrase ‘Musulmani’ during the broadcasts … Continue reading

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Post Post-Soviet Space

It is a commonplace today to speak of the “map of Europe being re-written” and point to the actions of Russia in Crimea and the Donbas. But the process of ‘re-writing’ the world political map is perpetual. A key question … Continue reading

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