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Published on Mar 8, 2017
In Near Abroad: Putin, the West, and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus, the political geographer Gerard Toal moves beyond rhetoric to answer the basic question: Why does Russia invade its neighbors? Building on case studies of the conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine, Toal explores the geopolitical assumptions that shape the post-Soviet space, as well as the West’s response to them. His analysis makes the case for moving beyond Cold War inspired ‘thin geopolitics’ in U.S. foreign policy towards Russia and its neighboring states.
Gerard Toal is a Professor at the School of Public & International Affairs at Virginia Tech. He has published widely on post-communist territorial conflicts, including a book-length study of Bosnia. His work has established Critical Geopolitics as a dynamic field of research in contemporary Political Geography.