Former CBS News’ Moscow bureau chief and Russian expert Marvin Kalb’s new book examines the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014.
The move was followed by a series of uprisings in Southern Ukraine spearheaded by pro-Russian rebels. Those events, which happened suddenly and in rapid succession, took the US and the world by surprise. Russia was slapped with strict sanctions, further chilling relations between the West and Russia.
Kalb’s book argues that the military move was not as unplanned as believed, that Vladimir Putin long had designs to stir discord in the region. In “Imperial Gamble,” Kalb lays out the history of Russia and Ukraine to illuminate on what informed Putin’s decision, and how the Ukraine crisis today, if left unresolved, could impact stability in that region for years to come.
Marvin Kalb, a Harvard professor emeritus and author of the book, “Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015); he tweets from @MarvinKalb