Crimea: From Regional and International Perspectives
We hope that this edited volume will provide the audiences with an informed perspective about the significance of the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014. It should not only enrich our understanding of the geopolitical implications of this development but also better contextualize the ongoing war in Ukraine. When Russia set out to invade Ukraine in early 2022, many argued that it was the return of classic geopolitical conflict but perhaps it had never left in the first place. The annexation of Crimea was an important turning point in Russia’s efforts to reclaim what it considers its “backyard.” It also arguably had precedent in the Chechen and Georgian wars.
The international community’s treatment of the war in Ukraine has significantly changed since 2014 but it is not a sure bet that it will be able to reverse Russian encroachments in its neighboring states. We hope that this edited volume will highlight some critical turning points and moments of failure by the international community in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. It should also inform any policy considerations regarding the status of Crimea as well as a potential future settlement of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The conflict may be a protracted one but the prospects for peace, we hope, will emerge sooner rather than later.
Table of Contents
– Foreword by Kadir Ustun
– Introduction by Filiz Tutku Aydin
– Ukraine’s Policy Toward Crimea and the Crimean Tatars by Yuliya Biletska
– Russia’s Crimean Policy: Geopolitics, Identity, and History by Ridvan Bari Urcosta
– The Occupation of Crimea From an International Politics and Military Perspective by Sezai Özçelik
– Water Scarcity in the Crimea and the Ecological Catastrophe in the Black Sea by Borys Babin
– Turkish Black Sea Policy: The Implications of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and 2022 by Fethi Kurtiy Şahin
– The U.S. Response to Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: Was It Enough? By Lisa Aronsson and Jeffrey Mankoff
– How the EU’s Inadequate Response to Russia’s Annexation of Crimea Paved the Way for Putin’s 2022 Invasion of Ukraine by Amanda Paul
– Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: Reaction of the International Community by Nedim Useinow