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An unnecessary war: the geopolitical roots of the Ukraine crisis
Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives (2015)
  • Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University
Abstract
To a large degree, the tragic events that unfolded in Ukraine in 2013-14 were driven by developments beyond Ukraine’s borders. Of course, domestic factors also played a crucial role, and Ukrainian political actors at all points across the political spectrum must share in the blame for what transpired. But it was Ukraine’s ambiguous geopolitical position, and the clumsy interventions of competing outside powers pursuing their own self-centered agendas, that pushed Ukraine’s log-jammed domestic politics over the brink into violent civil war.
Keywords
  • Ukraine,
  • Russia,
  • Crimea,
  • war
Publication Date
2015
Editor
Agnieszka Pikulicka and Richard Sakwa
Publisher
E-International Relations
Citation Information
Peter Rutland. "An unnecessary war: the geopolitical roots of the Ukraine crisis" BristolUkraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives (2015) p. 129 - 140
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter-rutland/7/