The Caucasian war had been a new summit of the increasing disaffection between Russia and the Western states and it revealed that Russia is no longer willing to play only a minor role in the European security policy.
Is this an indication for a new Cold War? Matthias Dembinski, Hans-Joachim Schmidt, Bruno Schoch and Hans-Joachim Spanger look in PRIF-Report No. 86 After the Caucasian War: Engaging, Not Containing, Russia for ways out of the crisis. They recommend the reactivation of the arms control, the expansion of the European institutions and the multilateral arrangement of the Caucasian conflicts.
They dissuade from a new enlargment of NATO in the east and show emphatically that peace in Europe has no chance without Russia.