A quarter of a century after the Cold War formally ended, Ukraine is at the heart of a new frozen conflict between Russia and the West. With its annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in the eastern Donbas region, Russia has challenged Ukraine’s independence and tested the strength of its ties to Europe and America. These actions, Anne Applebaum contends, have disquieting echoes throughout Ukraine’s twentieth century history. How has this past, particularly the catastrophic Soviet famine of 1921-34, shaped the present day fight for Ukraine’s destiny? Can the West preserve the independence of Ukraine, as well as the other nations of Europe’s borderlands, and avoid war with Russia?
Copies of Anne Applebaum’s new book Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine will be available for sale and signing by The Book Cellar at the program.
Background reading and multimedia:
- Facing Facts: Why the Great Famine in Ukraine Still Matters Today
Edward Lucas, Center for European Policy Analysis, August 28, 2017
- Jim Mattis, in Ukraine, Says US Is Thinking of Sending Weapons
Michael R. Gordon, The New York Times, August 24, 2017
- The Collateral Damage of Russian Sanctions
Dina Smelz and Lily Wojtowicz, Real Clear World, August 16, 2017
- It's Now Clear: The Most Dangerous Threats to the West are not External
Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post, July 16, 2017