Books: Non-Fiction

War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict

Book — Non-fiction. By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies. 2022. 198 pages.
An examination of the events leading up to the 2022 conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the different parties involved, and the risks of escalation and opportunities for peace.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies

Russia’s brutal February 2022 invasion of Ukraine has attracted widespread condemnation across the West. Government and media circles present the conflict as a simple dichotomy between an evil empire and an innocent victim. In this concise, accessible and informative primer, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies insist the picture is more complicated.

book cover showing a father holding his child on a wartorn street in Ukraine.Yes, Russia’s aggression was reckless and, ultimately, indefensible. But the West’s reneging on promises to halt eastward expansion of NATO in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union played a major part in prompting Putin to act. So did the U.S. involvement in the 2014 Ukraine coup and Ukraine’s failure to implement the Minsk peace agreements. The result is a conflict that is increasingly difficult to resolve, one that could conceivably escalate into all-out war between the United States and Russia — the world’s two leading nuclear powers.

Bringing together the historical record and current analysis, War In Ukraine looks at the events leading up to the conflict, surveys the different parties involved, and weighs the risks of escalation and opportunities for peace. [Adapted from publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9781682193716 | OR Books

Interview with Authors

Medea Benjamin & Nicolas Davies in conversation with Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman about negotiations to end the Ukraine War in October 2022.

Learn more in the this interview between Guy Oron and Medea Benjamin: ‘War in Ukraine’ co-author Medea Benjamin talks with Real Change

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