- About the book
DetailsAfter the break-up of the Soviet Union, the escalating rivalry between the EU and Russia in their shared neighbourhood created major economic, political and security challenges for the two states that border them: Belarus and Ukraine. Both countries were made integration offers by the EU and Russia. Their responses, and the consequences of these choices, were driven by a complex range of domestic and foreign policy factors. Drawing widely on extensive empirical research, Dr Leukavets shows how the EU’s and Russia’s rival integration projects challenged the leaders of Belarus and Ukraine to make major strategic choices while aiming to ensure the independence and sovereignty of their countries. The study sheds important light on the genesis of the 2020 Belarus crisis and the 2022 Russia-Ukraine war.
- The author
About the authorVictoria Leukavets is a post-doctoral research fellow and a policy analyst at the Stockholm Center for Eastern European Studies. She has an interdisciplinary background and holds several postgraduate degrees, including an MA in human rights from the University of Manchester, an MA in EU international relations from the College of Europe, and a PhD in political science from the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. In addition, Dr Leukavets has held fellowships at the European Parliament in Brussels, the UK Parliament, Harvard Davis Center and Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has published in, among other outlets, Europe-Asia Studies, Belarus-Analysen, Russian Analytical Digest, Caucasus Survey and New Perspectives.
Reviews"A rich and thorough empirical analysis. It is grounded well in the relevant literature and provides a useful cross-country comparison."—Frank Schimmelfennig, Professor of European Politics, ETH Zürich
""A solid and valuable piece of academic work. It addresses an interesting puzzle in the field of post-Soviet integration politics the relevance of which is increased by the ongoing crisis of European and international security. This clearly structured and factually rich book contributes to several theoretical and empirical scholarly pieces of literature. It develops an analytical framework that is a valuable guide to the assessment and interpretation of a rich array of historical and contemporary empirical material."—Peter Mayer, Professor of International Relations, University of Bremen"
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