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Cyril Black International Book Forum

The Cyril Black International Book Forum is held in honor of the late Cyril Black, the emeritus James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University. Black was director of the Princeton’s Center of International Studies from 1968 to 1985 and a member of the University faculty for 50 years.


Ukraine in Crisis

Andrew Wilson, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and reader in Ukrainian Studies at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London.

Commentators: Mark Beissinger, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics and director of PIIRS; politics,; Stephen Kotkin, John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs; Acting Director, Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and Harold James, director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society and the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies.

Monday, February 2, 2015
Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219
4:30 p.m. Reception to follow

About the Book

The aftereffects of the February 2014 Uprising in Ukraine are still reverberating around the world. The consequences of the popular rebellion and Russian President Putin’s attempt to strangle it remain uncertain. In this book, Andrew Wilson combines a spellbinding, on-the-scene account of the Kiev Uprising with a deeply informed analysis of what precipitated the events, what has developed in subsequent months, and why the story is far from over.
Wilson situates Ukraine’s February insurgence within Russia’s expansionist ambitions throughout the previous decade. He reveals how President Putin’s extravagant spending to develop soft power in all parts of Europe was aided by wishful thinking in the EU and American diplomatic inattention, and how Putin’s agenda continues to be widely misunderstood in the West. The author then examines events in the wake of the Uprising—the military coup in Crimea, the election of President Petro Poroshenko, the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, rising tensions among all of Russia's neighbors, both friend and foe, and more. Ukraine Crisis provides an important, accurate record of events that unfolded in Ukraine in 2014. It also rings a clear warning that the unresolved problems of the region have implications well beyond Ukrainian borders.

Author Biography
Andrew Wilson is senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and reader in Ukrainian Studies at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London. He has published widely on the politics of Eastern Europe, and his book The Ukrainians is now in its third edition. He lives in Oxford, UK.

Past Cyril Black Events

Cyril Black International Book Forum:

2014:Juan Zarate, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for Combating Terrorism, "Treasury's War: The Unleasing of a New Era of Financial Warfare"
2013: Victor Cha, "The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future"2012: Steven A. Cook, "The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square"
2011: Barry Eichengreen, “Exorbitant Privilege: The Decline of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System"
2010: Seth Jones, “In the Graveyard of Empires”
2009: Philip Bobbitt, “Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century”
2008: John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy”

Cyril Black Memorial Lecture:
2006: Adam Michnik, “A Dictator’s Past: The Cleansing of Collective Memory”
2005: Valerie Bunce, “The United States and Democracy Promotion: Learning from Postcommunist Eurasia
2004: None -- Andrei Illarionov, invited but cancelled
2003: Thomas Carothers, “Democracy by Force: Iraq and the Future of Sovereignty”
2002: Strobe Talbott, “Russia and the West under Yeltsin and Putin”
2001: Susan Woodward, “Surviving Milosevic: The Construction of ‘Normal States’ in the Balkans”
2000: Zbigniew Brzezinski, “The Transformation of Russia”
1999: Richard Holbrooke, “Peacemaking in the Balkans”
1998: David Remnick ’81, “Ten Years Reporting from Russia: New Worlds, Old Worlds”
1997: Jack Matlock, “Russia, Where to Next?”