Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

Lecture | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, International Institute for Strategic Studies

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Institute of International Studies

Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. This crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome, in which all the parties are worse off and international security has deteriorated. The upshot has been systematic losses for Russia, the West, and the countries caught in between.

In this new book, Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton examine the roots of the Ukraine crisis, offering a coherent narrative of Western and Russian policies in post-Soviet Eurasia since 1991 and providing a balanced assessment of both Russia and the West’s actions post-2014. They argue that all governments involved must recognize the failure of current policies and commit to finding mutually acceptable alternatives.

Samuel Charap is the IISS Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff.