NEW BOOK – Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West

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Subject: NEW BOOK – Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2014
From: Andrew Wilson <>

My latest book Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West has just been published – the first major work on the crisis, its background and broader implications.

The main thesis is that a triple crisis is still unfolding: the viability and even the survival of the Ukrainian state is now in question; but the ‘Ukraine crisis’ was caused by pathologies that have been developing in Russia for some time; the crisis is also a severe test for the credibility of the West.

‘Ukraine Crisis’ is already available as an e-book, and is published on 14 October as a paperback original at £12.99. It can be bought from Yale here [] and from Amazon here []. Listen to a podcast and read an extract from the book here [

“The Ukraine issue has rapidly escalated into a major geopolitical crisis, the most severe test of the relationship between Russia and the West since the Cold War. And it is far from resolved. Andrew Wilson’s account situates the crisis within Russia’s covert ambition since 2004 to expand its influence within the former Soviet periphery, and over countries that have since joined the EU and NATO, such as the Baltic States. He shows how Russia has spent billions developing its soft power within central Europe, aided by US diplomatic inattention in the area, and how Putin’s conservative values project is widely misunderstood in he West. The book examines Yanukovych’s corrupt ‘coup d’etat’ of 2010 and provides the most intimate day-by-day account we have of the protests in Kiev from November 2013 to February 2014 (at which Wilson was present). It explores the military coup in Crimea, the role of Russia and long-term tensions with the Muslim Crimean Tatars. It covers the election of 25 May 2014 and the prospects for new president Petro Poroshenko. And it analyses other states under pressure from Russia – Georgia, Moldova, Belarus. ‘Russia will clearly not stop at Ukraine’. Andrew Wilson has been covering the Ukrainian crisis in newspapers, broadcasts and digital media (see link, was in the Maidan, Kiev, for the crucial demonstrations in February, and briefed Number 10 on his return. Recent features have been in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall St Journal, the Economist, the Guardian, London Evening Standard, among others.”

Andrew Wilson
Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is the first pan-European think-tank. Launched in October 2007, its objective is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent and effective European values based foreign policy. ECFR is an independent charity and funded from a variety of sources. For more details go to

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