Conflict In Ukraine: The Unwinding Of The Post-cold War Order

February 6, 2015|
Conflict In Ukraine: The Unwinding Of The Post-cold War Order by Rajan Menon
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One of The New York Times’ “6 Books to Read for Context on Ukraine”

“A short and insightful primer” to the crisis in Ukraine and its implications for both the Crimean Peninsula and Russia’s relations with the West (New York Review of Books)

The current conflict in Ukraine has spawned the most serious crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War. It has undermined European security, raised questions about NATO''s future, and put an end to one of the most ambitious projects of U.S. foreign policy—building a partnership with Russia. It also threatens to undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts on issues ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation. And in the absence of direct negotiations, each side is betting that political and economic pressure will force the other to blink first. Caught in this dangerous game of chicken, the West cannot afford to lose sight of the importance of stable relations with Russia.

This book puts the conflict in historical perspective by examining the evolution of the crisis and assessing its implications both for the Crimean Peninsula and for Russia’s relations with the West more generally. Experts in the international relations of post-Soviet states, political scientists Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer clearly show what is at stake in Ukraine, explaining the key economic, political, and security challenges and prospects for overcoming them. They also discuss historical precedents, sketch likely outcomes, and propose policies for safeguarding U.S.-Russia relations in the future. In doing so, they provide a comprehensive and accessible study of a conflict whose consequences will be felt for many years to come.
Rajan Menon is Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of Political Science at the Powell School, City College of New York/City University of New York, Senior Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and the author, most recently, of The End of Alliances. He is completing a book on humanitari...
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Title:Conflict In Ukraine: The Unwinding Of The Post-cold War Order
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:248 pages, 8 X 5.38 X 0.7 in
Shipping dimensions:248 pages, 8 X 5.38 X 0.7 in
Published:February 6, 2015
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262536295

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