September 24, 2008 "Abkhazia and the New Cold War" Lecture By Paul Crego at Library of Congress, Sept. 25
Press Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639
WHO: Paul Crego, Library of Congress cataloger of Georgian, Armenian, Ge’ez and Amharic materials, who served as the John W. Kluge Center staff fellow for 2007-2008. During his fellowship, Crego researched and worked toward the completion of his book, “Abkhazia and the Abkhazians: A History in Context.” WHAT: Crego will present a lecture titled “Abkhazia and the New Cold War.” Before the summer of 2008, it is likely that most Americans had never heard of Abkhazia. Crego will discuss the history, language and culture of the Abkhazian people and the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict as it developed in the late Soviet period during the 1992-1993 war. Abkhazia in the context of geopolitical conflicts will also be covered. Further, he will discuss his assessment that Abkhazia has beome a Russian military colony. WHEN: At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25. WHERE: At the Library of Congress in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are needed.