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Book Launch: Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine

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Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine presents four perspectives on the origins of the ongoing war in Ukraine, concentrating on Russian motivations and intentions. What propelled Russia to send troops into Crimea and why did the conflict spread to eastern Ukraine with Russian support? What does the crisis say about Russian political, economic, and social priorities, and how does it reflect EU-Russian differences over international jurisdiction? What role did Russian president Vladimir Putin’s cultivation of his own macho image play in starting and expanding the war? As the recent events in Syria and Turkey have shown, these are still vivid and troubling issues with ramifications for ongoing global conflicts.

Please join us for this book launch event with the four authors, moderated by Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute.


  • E. Wayne Merry

    Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the American Foreign Policy Council; Former Political Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy in Moscow (1991-94)
  • William E. Pomeranz

    Deputy Director, Kennan Institute
  • Maxim Trudolyubov

    Senior Advisor; Editor-in-Chief, Russia File
    Editor-at-Large, Vedomosti Daily
  • Elizabeth A. Wood

    Professor of Russian and Soviet History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology