On 12 January Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton spoke at IISS–Americas for the launch of 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.

Timothy J. Colton is Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University. He is a specialist on Russian and Eurasian politics and the author of Yeltsin: A Life (Basic Books, 2008), Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016) and other works. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


This event was chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of IISS–Americas. It took place at IISS–Americas, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 801, Washington DC 20037.

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Event details

IISS–Americas Adelphi Book Launch
Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
Timothy J. Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University
IISS–Americas, Washington DC
Thursday 12 January 2017, 9–10am EST