After Ukraine

Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the Ukrainian crisis was viewed in the West as a direct challenge to the post-WWII order, placing under question such fundamental principles as state sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the inviolability of state borders. As the military conflict continues, our program will seek to examine the underlying issues brought to light by the conflict in Ukraine and attempt to identify its long-term impact on the international system.




“Scripts of Sovereignty: The Freezing of the Russia-Ukraine Crisis and Dilemmas of Governance in Eurasia”

January 30, 2015

With a possible frozen conflict developing in eastern Ukraine, Russia has begun to consolidate neighboring breakaway territories into a distinct group of semi-sovereign entities that frustrate Western efforts in the region. This Russian strategy, based on six identifiable “scripts of sovereignty,” has exposed a contradiction in the twin pillars of the West’s own approach: that of pursuing the Western integration of divided states while championing the preservation of their territorial borders. What steps can both sides take to turn the region into an area of cooperation – and will it require a new model for governance in Eurasia?

In “Scripts of Sovereignty: The Freezing of the Russia-Ukraine Crisis and Dilemmas of Governance in Eurasia,” Alexander Cooley, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Deputy Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, discusses the challenges facing Russia and the West in the post-Soviet space and offers recommendations for ways to mitigate conflict. This report marks the first publication of CGI’s After Ukraine program, which examines the long-term implications of the Ukrainian crisis.

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