This book examines the crisis in Ukraine through the lens of "triangular diplomacy," which focuses on the multiple interactions among the European Union, the United States and Russia. It is explicitly comparative, considering how the US and EU responded to ostensibly the same crisis. It also adopts a "360-degree" perspective, focusing on how the US and EU interacted in their dealings with Russia, and how Russia and Ukraine have responded. Chapters focus on each of the four protagonists - the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine - and on key, cross-cutting aspects of the crisis - sanctions, international law and energy. The book thus contrasts a conventional, if exceptional, great power - the US - with a very non-traditional foreign policy actor - the EU. It would be suitable for both undergraduate and graduate courses on the EU's external policies and engagement in world affairs, EU-US relations, EU-Russia interactions, or regional security issues.
Vicki L. Birchfield is Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, USA, and Co-Director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.
Alasdair R. Young is Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, USA, and Co-Director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. He is chair of the European Union Studies Association in the USA.
Chapter 1 Introducing Triangular Diplomacy; Alasdair R. Young and Vicki L. Birchfield.- Chapter 2 Empirical Scene Setting: The Contours of the Crisis and Response; Alasdair R. Young and Vicki L. Birchfield.- Chapter 3 Outsourced Diplomacy: The US, EU and the Ukraine Conflict; Deborah Welch Larson.- Chapter 4 'Crowdfunded diplomacy'? The EU's role in the Triangular Diplomacy over the Ukraine Crisis; Hiski Haukkala.- Chapter 5 Democracy and Progressive Modernity in Constructions of Community: Europe, the United States, and the Russian 'Other'; Grainne Hutton, Sara Morrell and Jarrod Hayes.- Chapter 6 Russia Plays the (Triangular) Sanctions Game; Christopher Patane and Cooper Drury.- Chapter 7 Ukraine and Triangular Diplomacy: Kyiv's Legitimacy Dilemmas in the midst of the Crisis; Valentina Feklyunina and Valentyna Romanova.- Chapter 8 Whose International Law? Legal Clashes in the Ukrainian Crisis; Mikulas Fabry.- Chapter 9 Triangular Diplomacy and Europe's Changing Gas Network: From "Trying-Angles" to Stable Marriage; Adam Stulberg.