The conflict in Ukraine and Russia's annexation of Crimea has undoubtedly been a pivotal moment for policy makers and military planners in Europe and beyond. Many analysts see an unexpected character in the conflict and expect negative reverberations and a long-lasting period of turbulence and uncertainty, the de-legitimation of international institutions and a declining role for global norms and rules. Did these events bring substantial correctives and modifications to the extant conceptualization of International Relations? Does the conflict significantly alter previous assumptions and foster a new academic vocabulary, or, does it confirm the validity of well-established schools of thought in international relations? Has the crisis in Ukraine confirmed the vitality and academic vigour of conventional concepts?
These questions are the starting points for this book covering conceptualisations from rationalist to reflectivist, and from quantitative to qualitative. Most contributors agree that many of the old concepts, such as multi-polarity, spheres of influence, sovereignty, or even containment, are still cognitively valid, yet believe the eruption of the crisis means that they are now used in different contexts and thus infused with different meanings. It is these multiple, conceptual languages that the volume puts at the centre of its analysis.
This text will be of great interest to students and scholars studying international relations, politics, and Russian and Ukrainian studies.
Andrey Makarychev and Alexandra Yatsyk
1. ‘There are More Important Things than Where the Border Runs’: The Other Side of George Kennan’s Containment Theory
2. The Crisis of Spheres of Influence in the EU-Russia Relationship
Iain Andrew Ferguson
3. Borderline strategies: calibrated territorial expansionism in the game theory searchlight
4. From ‘colony’ to ‘failing state’? Ukrainian sovereignty in the gaze of Russian foreign policy discourses
5. Reconsidering Western concepts of the Ukrainian conflict: The rise to prominence of Russia’s "soft Power" policy
Stephen G F Hall
6. Rising powers in the Contemporary World: Sources of Sustainability
7. Governmentality Beyond the West: (post)political machineries in Ukraine and Russia
8. Managing national ressentiment: morality politics in Putin’s Russia
9. Stabilizing dispersed identities, or Why politics defines EU-Russia disconnections
"An exceedingly timely volume critically rethinking the most substantial concepts of international political theories and giving valuable insights for a better understanding of current EU’s and Russia’s policies after the Ukraine crisis." - Javier Solana, former Secretary General of NATO, the EU's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and Secretary-General of the Western European Union.