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Alan Cafruny

An article titled “Ukraine, Multipolarity and the Crisis of Grand Strategies,” co-authored by Alan Cafruny, the Henry Platt Bristol Chair of International Affairs and Professor of Government, was recently published in the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.

Cafruny, along with co-authors Vassilis Fouskas of the University of East London, William Mallinson of Italy’s Universitá Guglielmo Marconi, and independent scholar Andrey Voynitsky, said that explanations for the war in Ukraine deriving from Russian domestic political dynamics or Vladimir Putin’s imperial nostalgia do not provide a comprehensive understanding of the crisis that led to war.

In the article, they situate the invasion within the broader historical context of post-Cold War relations, exploring what they say are the two main sources for the war in Ukraine — “the longstanding Anglo-American grand strategy of NATO consolidation as a vehicle for political and economic domination in Europe,” and “the grand strategy of Russia.”

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