The Lost Peace How We Failed to Prevent a Second Cold War Richard Sakwa

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
28 Jun 2022
ISBN:
9780300255010
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
368 pages: 235 x 156mm

Three decades after the Cold War ended, the hopes for a new and more cooperative era in world politics have been lost. With the rise of China and the resurgence of Russia, today there are once again global powers rivalling those of the West. We are now in a Second Cold War, and international security is under threat.
 
In this incisive account, Richard Sakwa traces the loss of peace and the new configuration of international politics that has arisen in its place, demonstrating that the years of “cold peace” were little more than a hiatus. As Russia aligns with China, shifts in global politics blur the lines of confrontation and the liberal order as a whole faces unprecedented challenges. In a compelling reinterpretation of the accepted narrative, Sakwa shows how this new conflict could have been avoided—and what we need to learn to finally inaugurate a new peace order.

Richard Sakwa is professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian, and post-communist affairs and is the author of Frontline Ukraine and Russia against the Rest.