On The Edge

Ukrainian - Central European - Russian Security Triangle
ISBN: 
978-963-9116-80-1
cloth
$49.95 / €42.95 / £37.00
Publication date: 
2000
280 pages

A new globally significant relationship arising after the break-up of the Soviet Union is the main topic of this unparalleled volume - the geopolitical link between Russia, Ukraine and the three bordering 'Central European' states, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. On the Edge is a path-breaking analysis of this triangular relationship with an in-depth focus on economic, political and more importantly, security issues.

The expansion of NATO up to Ukraine's borders is likely to leave Ukraine in a delicate position vis-à-vis Russia. On the Edge addresses key questions, such as: how are events in Ukraine affecting the security calculations of the Central European states; Central European relations with Russia and NATO; and relations among Central European states themselves? The volume examines what Central European states can do to solidify Ukraine's independence and help it avoid international isolation.

On the Edge gives a Central European perspective on all these issues and suggests concrete forms of co-operation.

Introduction: International relations theory and the European security triangle

PART I: CASE STUDIES

Chapter 1: Shaping the triangle

Chapter 2: The Polish-Ukrainian-Russian security triangle

Chapter 3: The Slovak-Ukrainian-Russian security triangle

Chapter 4: The Hungarian-Ukrainian-Russian security triangle

PART II: PATTERNS

Chapter 5: Patterns of the triangular relationship (economic factors)

Chapter 6: Patterns of the triangular relationship (role of national minorities)

Chapter 7: The Ukraine-Central European border after NATO expansion

Conclusion