Americans Will Forget Georgia, Says UK Prof

by scrosby on August 12, 2008

A University of Kentucky professor says even though the fighting in the Republic of Georgia is in the world spotlight, he believes it will fade quickly from the minds of Americans. The small nation has been engaged in a military struggle this week with Russia.

The U.S. has been working with Georgia to help get the country on its feet. Georgia emerged as a sovereign country in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Mike Reed is the Director of International Programs for Agriculture at the University of Kentucky. He’s taken several trips to Georgia over the last two years to help build the country’s agriculture foundation. He says he wasn’t surprised to learn of recent battles between Georgia and Russia, and he doesn’t think it will do much to raise global awareness.

“We’ll forget about it!” says Reed. “Geopolitically, it might benefit them in the future but I think it’s more likely that everybody’s going to be jittery about Georgia and investing there or doing other things there because you’ve got this ominous presence of the Russian military close by.”

Reed had another trip to Georgia scheduled for next month, but it has been cancelled.

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