New publication by Dr Gwendolyn Sasse
The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2007 (November) by Gwendolyn Sasse (Author)
Regional diversity such as Ukraine`s often embodies potential for friction and conflict, in particular when it involves territorialized ethnicity and divergent historical experiences. Political elites interested in stability and conflict prevention must find ways either to accommodate or control this diversity. In the early to mid-1990s, the Western media, policymakers and academics alike warned that Crimea was a potential centre of unrest in the aftermath of the Soviet Union`s dissolution. However, large-scale conflict in Crimea did not materialize, and Kyiv has managed to integrate the peninsula into the new Ukrainian polity. This book explores the factors that led to the largely peaceful transition and places the situation in the larger context of conflict-prevention studies, explaining this critical case in which conflict did not erupt despite a structural predisposition to ethnic, regional and even international enmity.
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University (November 30, 2007)
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Dr Gwendolyn Sasse is Reader in the Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe, and Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College.