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

On 15 February Samuel Charap and Thomas Graham discussed the latest IISS Adelphi book, Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia. The book is now available to order.

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 this new book, Samuel Charap and 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.


Samuel Charap is Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia at IISS, based in the 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.

Thomas Graham is a Managing Director at Kissinger Associates, Inc., where he focuses on Russian and Eurasian affairs.  He was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council staff from 2004 to 2007 and Director for Russian Affairs on that staff from 2002 to 2004.


This event was chaired by Rick Grove, Board Member, US Friends of the IISS; CEO, Rutter Associates. It took place at The Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017.

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Event details

IISS–Americas New York Book Launch
Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
Thomas Graham, Managing Director, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
The Cornell Club, New York
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 6–7.30pm EST