Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. This crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome, in which all the parties are worse off and international security has deteriorated. The upshot has been systematic losses for Russia, the West and the countries caught in between.

In his new Adelphi book from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia, Samuel Charap and co-author Timothy J. Colton examine the roots of the Ukraine crisis, offering a coherent narrative of Western and Russian policies in post-Soviet Eurasia since 1991, and providing a balanced assessment of both Russia and the West’s actions post-2014. They argue that all governments involved must recognise the failure of current policies and commit to finding mutually acceptable alternatives. With talk in world capitals of a new cold war, Everyone Loses provides a timely and readable analysis of how we arrived at this dangerous juncture and how we might get out of it.


Samuel Charap is Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, based in the Institute’s Washington, DC office. Prior to joining the Institute, Samuel served as Senior Advisor to the US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, and on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. Samuel Charap holds a doctorate in politics and a masters in Russian and East European studies from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He received his BA from Amherst College. He was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center and the International Center for Policy Studies (Kyiv), and a Fulbright Scholar at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.


This event took in University of Toronto Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, East Common Room, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3, Canada.

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Book Launch
Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
Toronto, Canada
Wednesday 8 March 2017, 7–9pm EST