The Ukrainian drama, which burst onto the headlines in autumn 2013, was one long and complex in its making. In contrast to other studies of the Ukrainian conflict, the present study examines in detail its historical background and complex causality—from the rise of the mass demonstrations on Kiev’s Maidan to the making of the post-revolt Maidan regime.
Two great schisms that shaped the Ukrainian crisis and their historical, cultural, and geopolitical causes are dissected. One schism lay within Ukraine itself with western and southeastern Ukraine divided by different historical, ethnic, linguistic, religious, ideological, socioeconomic, and ultimately political and international orientations. The other – at the international level – was driven by geopolitical factors, real and conjured or ‘imagined.’ Western-Russian competition for Ukraine – epitomized most by NATO and EU expansion to Russia’s very borders – exacerbated Ukraine’s internal divisions, setting the country aflame.
New light is shed on the role of radical Ukrainian nationalists and neofascists in the February 2014 snipers’ massacre, the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, and their less than democratic outcome as well as on Russia’s seizure of Crimea and involvement in Donbass’s civil war. Finally, the analysis puts the rise of the ‘new cold war’ in context.
The Caucasus Emirate: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond (McFarland Books, 2014).
|“This work represents a tremendous amount of impressive, diligent and difficult research which serves as testament to Hahn’s imposing knowledge of the subject. Indeed, Hahn’s command of the subject is beyond question. Furthermore the sheer volume of tables, facts and figures Hahn provides in support of his examination will no doubt make this book an invaluable research tool. One would have to look quite hard to find cause to criticise Hahn’s work and even then, those criticisms would be so minor as to almost not warrant mention…an illuminating and absorbing read…the must read book on the North Caucasus–Period”–defensereport.com|
Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007)
Awarded ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ for 2007 by the Association of College and Research Libraries and the American Library Association in the CHOICE Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.
Russia’s Revolution From Above: Reform, Transition, and Revolution in the Fall of the Soviet Communist Regime, 1985-2000 (Transaction Publishers, 2002).