This month our surprise guest is Georgia-based French journalist Regis Genté, who looks at the conflict that is simmering in his host country while all eyes are riveted on Ukraine.

Régis Genté is a freelance journalist and an expert on the former USSR. Based in Tbilisi since 2008, he covers Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia for several French media outlets, including RFI, France24 TV and Le Figaro.

He has also authored or co-authored several books, including the recent "Volodymyr Zelensky, dans la tête d’un héros" (Volodymyr Zelensky, in the mind of a hero), 2022; "Futbol, le ballon rond de Staline à Poutine" (Football from Stalin to Putin), 2018; "Poutine et le Caucase" ("Putin and the Caucasus"), 2014; and "Voyage au pays des Abkhazes" (A journey to the land of the Abkhazians), 2012. (dm)