This book examines the causes and consequences of the Ukraine crisis, with a special focus on Russia’s relations with the West. Towards that end, it brings together international relations scholars and area specialists. Issues covered include: the evolution of EU–Russia and US–Russia relations, the role of strategic culture and ontological insecurities in the formation of Russian foreign policy, the role of hybrid warfare in Russian military policy, the geopolitical drivers of Russia’s Ukraine policy, and a discussion of the decision-making dynamics that led to Russia’s intervention in eastern Ukraine. The contributors employ different theoretical approaches and offer partly complementary and partly competing analyses. In so doing, this book seeks to stimulate dialogue between different positions and advance our understanding of a topic that will shape the European security order for many years to come. This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Politics.
Table of Contents
1. Russia, the West, and the Ukraine crisis: three contending perspectives Elias Götz
2. Why Putin went to war: ideology, interests and decision-making in the Russian use of force in Crimea and Donbas Tor Bukkvoll
3. Russia and ‘hybrid warfare’ Bettina Renz
4. Neorealism and Russia’s Ukraine policy, 1991–present Elias Götz
5. Russian strategic culture: the role of today’s chekisty Mette Skak
6. Kto Vinovat? Why is there a crisis in Russia’s relations with the West? S. Neil MacFarlane
7. Russia’s relations with the West: ontological security through conflict Flemming Splidsboel Hansen
8. From logic of competition to conflict: understanding the dynamics of EU–Russia relations Tom Casier
Elias Götz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (UCRS), Uppsala University, Sweden. He has published on Russian foreign policy in International Studies Review, Global Affairs, and Contemporary Politics.