Latest publication

As part of a special edition on Ukraine edited by Nicolai Petro, the academic journal European Politics and Society has just published an article by me, entitled ‘Russia’s Role in the War in Donbass and the Threat to European Security’. If you have free access to academic journals, you can read it here, along with the other articles in the edition. Failing that, I recommend Petro’s introduction, which lays out briefly what all the articles say, and which is freely available to all online here.

Overall, it is an excellent edition, which gives a far more balanced portrayal of recent events in Ukraine than that available in many other publications. Thanks to Nicolai Petro for his hard work in putting it all together. The other articles are as follows:

David Marples, ‘Russia’s perceptions of Ukraine: Euromaidan and historical conflicts’.

Denys Kiryukhin, ‘Russia and Ukraine: the clash of conservative projects’.

Ivan Katchanovski, ‘The separatist war in Donbas: A violent break-up of Ukraine?’

Hall Gardner, ‘The Russian annexation of Crimea: regional and global ramifications’.

Mikhail Molchanov, ‘Choosing Europe over Russia: what has Ukraine gained?’

Volodymyr Ishchenko, ‘Far right participation in the Ukrainian Maidan protests: an attempt of systematic estimation’.

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3 thoughts on “Latest publication”

  1. Something the personally puzzled me about the EU DCFTA is the following:
    Assuming, as I think is rational, that the EU wanted Ukraine as an Anti Russian buffer, why does the DCFTA go out of its way to destroy the quite sizeable Ukrainian military industrial complex? Enforced adherance to the EU CDSP means that Ukraine loses its competitive advantadge as a “no strings attached, will sell to nearly everyone” weapons exporter, while stipulations of bringing Ukraines armed forces in line with the EUs means that it also becomes more and more bereft of its home market.

    Sadly I cannot access Molchanovs paper, I wonder if he spents some time discussing this.

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  2. I don’t think the EU wanted it as anti-Russian buffer; the EU just wanted another market. Their (EU) main problem is their economic stagnation; I understand they (all combined) are still below the pre-crisis (2007) levels.

    The US wants it to be ‘anti-Russia’, and yesterday I heard pro-maidan ideologue Vadim Karasev saying that it’s a good thing that the Kiev regime is a US puppet (they can’t deny it anymore): look at Germany and Japan and marvel at what the US can do to its satellites. He’s a demagogue, of course. Post WWII miracles are long in the past; he should consider something recent: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya. Though of course Ukro-nationalists believe they are completely different, superior, quintessential Europeans. Oh well.

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