Originally published in 2015, this book addresses a “current crisis” that has now manifested in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the book, political scientists Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer—experts in the international relations of post-Soviet states—clearly show what is at stake in Ukraine, explaining the key economic, political, and security challenges that were faced in 2015 and the prospects for overcoming them. For readers seven years on, the discussion of historical precedents, likely outcomes, and policy proposals provide necessary context of to understand this conflict whose consequences will be felt for many years to come.

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