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Ukraine's Foreign and Security Policy 1991-2000
Ukraine's Foreign and Security Policy 1991-2000
By Roman Wolczuk
Routledge Curzon, 2003, 272 pp

Wolczuk serves up the most comprehensive, systematic, and balanced assessment of Ukraine's foreign policy currently available. It is literally a tous azimuts study, for he begins by examining Ukraine's relations with the Slavic states on "the north-eastern azimuth," then the central and east European neighbors and the rest of the West on the "western azimuth," and finally "the southern azimuth" -- the Black Sea neighbors. Of course, the Russian axis dominates the others. Yet the strength of this book stems from the respect it pays to the complex, multidimensional context of Ukrainian foreign and security policy, including key relationships with Poland, Romania, and a number of significant subregional groupings. Assessing the core challenge facing Ukraine -- maneuvering between a West unwilling to welcome it in and a Russia reluctant to let it go -- Wolczuk thinks the country has fared pretty well, although he does not slight the way its leadership's own failures have made the task more difficult.