Conflict in Ukraine (Paperback)

The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order (Boston Review Originals)

By Rajan Menon, Eugene B. Rumer, Deborah Chasman (Editor)

Mit Press, 9780262536295, 248pp.

Publication Date: February 6, 2015

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Hardcover (2/13/2015)

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The crisis in Ukraine and its implications for both the Crimean peninsula and Russia's relations with the West.

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.

About the Author

Rajan Menon is Spitzer Professor of Political Science at the City College of New York/City University of New York and the author of The End of Alliances. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post, and other publications. Eugene Rumer is a Senior Associate and Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.