"Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post–Cold War International Order" by Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 30.1 (Spring 2016)

March 10, 2016

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Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the PostCold War International Order,Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2015), 248 pp., $24.95 cloth. doi:10.1017/S0892679415000684

Review by Jeffrey Mankoff

This concise volume, co-authored by a scholar of international relations at the City College of New York (Menon) and a leading Washington insider now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Rumer), tries to make sense of the Ukraine crisis for a general audience. It explains the proximate as well as longer-term drivers of the conflict, and digs deeper into its likely impact on Ukraine, Russia, and Europe. The authors wisely give the United States, which has loomed in the background but has not itself been a central player in the Ukraine drama, less attention. The book also attempts to tease out some of the longer-term implications of the crisis, a much more difficult task given the speed with which the book was released and the continued evolution of events both in Ukraine and the wider region.

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