"The Weekend War" : Blog Of The Nation Fighting continues in South Ossetia... What does it mean?

"The Weekend War"

150,000 people gather in Tbilisi, Georgia, to hear Mikheil Saakashvili speak. Source: Burak Kara/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Source: Burak Kara/Getty Images

Earlier today, I spoke with Charles King, chairman of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, about the conflict in Georgia, which he calls "The Russo-Georgian Weekend War." Although there is an official ceasefire in South Ossetia, there are reports of continued fighting there.

King, who wrote an opinion piece about the conflict for The Christian Science Monitor, will join us in our first hour. We'll ask him if he thinks there will be any -- or many -- long-term consequences to the fighting in South Ossetia.

James Traub, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, will join us too. On Sunday, The New York Times published his keen analysis of the conflict and its causes, "Taunting the Bear." "The border between Georgia and Russia, in short, has been the driest of tinder," he wrote. "The only question was where the fire would start."

Do you have questions about the cause of the fighting in Georgia? Or what it means for the region? How do you think that the international community should react? Has the United States said enough? Done enough?