Chodosh, Billingsley to Discuss Russia-Georgia Conflict in Park City

On October 20, dean Hiram Chodosh of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and Dodge Billingsley, director, Independent Films and Research, and will offer their insights into the implications of the six-day war between Russia and Georgia. The event will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 at the home of Hilary and Ben Nitka in Park City. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required.

On August 7, Georgian units attacked the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali. In response, Russian troops entered the conflict, effectively destroying the Georgian military and regaining control over the small separatist enclave. However, in a move that surprised Europe and the U.S., Russian military strikes reached well into Georgia beyond South Ossetia. Russia also declared Ossetia and another separatist region, Abkhazia, independent states.

In the evening event, Chodosh will introduce Billingsley and moderate a question-and-answer session with audience members. Billingsley will examine the question of whether this conflict was simply a war for Ossetia or if it represented the first salvos of a new Russian effort to regain lost territories and influence. He will also explore the conflict’s implications for other regional states, as well as the U.S. and Europe.

Billingsley is the director of Combat Films and Research (www.combatfilms.com), an award-winning non-partisan political-military research center that uses photos and video images as a primary research tool. Chodosh, who has studied and taught in Russia, is a leading expert in comparative and global justice reform with hands-on experience in more than 20 countries leading expert incomparative and global justice reform with hands-on experience in more than 20 countries.

The University of Utah Park City Institute is a series of lectures by distinguished University of Utah faculty members in Park City and is designed to deepen and enhance the relationship between the U and the citizens of Summit County.

For more information, or to make a reservation for the October 20 event, call or email Cheri Daily, 801-581-5926; cheri.daily@utah.edu