UNT political scientists available to discuss Russian invasion of Republic of Georgia

Friday, August 8, 2008

Today (Aug. 8), the United States called for an immediate cease-fire between Russia and the Republic of Georgia in the clash over the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. Russia has reportedly launched a major military offensive in South Ossetia in response to Georgian troops attempting to crush the separatist forces, and a member of Georgia's National Security Council has said that the two countries are very close to war.

President Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reportedly were discussing the Georgia crisis after attending the opening of the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

As you continue your coverage of this breaking news story, consider these University of North Texas experts who can discuss a variety of topics related to the story.

Dr. Michael Greig is an assistant professor of political science whose research interests center around international conflict, security and conflict management. Most of his current research focuses on international mediation, peacekeeping and the stability and survival of nations with governments that have been transformed into democracies by other nations, including the governments in Iraq and Afghanistan. With his UNT colleague Dr. Andrew Enterline, an associate professor of political science, Greig studies the conditions associated with the political stability, survival of democracy and autocracy, and regional effect of these regimes. The professors' research has been published in "Foreign Policy Analysis," "Journal of Conflict Resolution," "Journal of Politics" and other journals, and was featured in "The Washington Post" last year.

Phone number: 940-372-0964

E-mail: greig@unt.edu

Dr. Milan J. Reban, an associate professor of political science and longtime member of the UNT Department of Political Science faculty, researches European integration, nationalities and minorities in Europe and Asia, and has visited the Republic of Georgia several times. The co-editor of "The Politics of Ethnicity in Eastern Europe," Reban is also the author of articles and chapters in "The Political Handbook of the World," "Religion and Atheism in the USSR and Eastern Europe," "The International Law Newsletter," "International Review of History and Political Science" and other anthologies. He is a frequent lecturer and contributor to international seminars and symposia, especially on and in Central Europe.

Phone numbers: (972) 948-7786 (cell phone) or (972) 618-8870 (home)

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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