Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post–Cold War by Rajan Menon, Eugene B. Rumer

By Rajan Menon, Eugene B. Rumer

The present clash in Ukraine has spawned the main critical quandary among Russia and the West because the finish of the chilly struggle. It has undermined eu defense, raised questions about NATO's destiny, and positioned an finish to 1 of the main bold initiatives of U.S. international coverage -- development a partnership with Russia. It additionally threatens to undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts on matters starting from terrorism to nuclear proliferation. And within the absence of direct negotiations, either side is having a bet that political and financial strain will strength the opposite to blink first. stuck during this harmful video game of fowl, the West can't find the money for to lose sight of the significance of reliable family members with Russia.

This publication places the clash in ancient viewpoint through analyzing the evolution of the obstacle and assessing its implications either for the Crimean peninsula and for Russia's family members with the West extra usually. specialists within the diplomacy of post-Soviet states, political scientists Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer in actual fact convey what's at stake in Ukraine, explaining the most important financial, political, and safeguard demanding situations and clients for overcoming them. additionally they talk about old precedents, caricature most probably results, and suggest regulations for shielding U.S.-Russia family members sooner or later. In doing so, they supply a finished and obtainable examine of a clash whose results might be felt for a few years to come.

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An example was RosUkrEnergo, designated in a 2006 agreement between prime ministers Putin and Tymoshenko as the middleman for Ukraine’s gas imports. Owned by Gazprom and the Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash, the company’s opacity and profit skimming made it a byword for corruption. The president’s own reputation was tarnished by his brother’s use of political connections to amass wealth and by his son’s lavish lifestyle. Tymoshenko, known as the “gas princess” for having allegedly accumulated millions of dollars illicitly while working in the energy trade with the disgraced ex-Prime Minister Lazarenko (before he headed the government), was making her own backroom deals with tycoons.

Kravchuk’s background worried party conservatives, particularly those from the Donbas. They thought his conciliatory approach toward the political opposition was a formula for disaster because it seemed to legitimate and encourage increasingly influential anti-Soviet forces. Their fears were not unwarranted. In the March 1990 elections to Ukraine’s parliament (Verkhovna Rada)—after which Kravchuk was chosen as chairman of the legislature—the non-communist opposition had fared well and become a force to be reckoned with.

Important as these developments were, the decisive blow came on August 19, 1991, in Moscow. 12 on Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:42:50 UTC All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions The Making of Ukraine 21 house arrest and formed an Emergency Committee, clearly a prelude to a clampdown aimed at rolling back the revolution. But Yeltsin rallied the opposition in Moscow, demonstrations erupted in various republics, and within three days the coup had collapsed. By the end of the year so had the USSR. 24 But, ever the nimble political operator, he gave fulsome support to the Rada’s declaration of independence on August 24.

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