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Book Talk. Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability
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Please join the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at the Harriman Institute and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies for a book talk by Michael Kimmage. Moderated by Elise Giuliano.

In this talk, Professor Michael Kimmage will introduce his book Collisions: The War in Ukraine and the Origins of the New Global Instability, which is appearing with Oxford University Press in March 2023. Professor Kimmage will outline the origins of the war, going back to 2008; and the interplay among Russia, Ukraine, Europe and the United States that is the backdrop to Putin’s massive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Professor Kimmage will also sketch the war’s global implications and the policy options facing the United States at the present moment.

Michael Kimmage is a professor of history at the Catholic University of America and a Non-Resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. He is the author of The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers and the Lessons of Anti-Communism (Harvard University Press, 2009); and The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy (Basic Books, 2020). He writes regularly on international affairs for Foreign Affairs and other publications. He is the chair of the advisory council of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute.



This event is supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.


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