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Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War: Prism of Disaster
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Kees van der Pijl
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Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War: Prism of Disaster

Kees van der Pijl


Manchester Univ. Press

Social impact of disasters;
Politics & government;
International relations;
Political economy


208 pages

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On 17 July 2014 Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down amid unrest in Ukraine, a conflict that led to a NATO-Russia standoff and the onset of a new period of East-West confrontation.

This is the first scholarly work on the Ukrainian unrest and the tragic downing of MH17. It offers an analysis that challenges the Western consensus surrounding these events, emphasising the geopolitical and economic context of the West's standoff with Russia, the BRICS bloc, and the struggles over the EU's energy supply.

Based on previously unpublished government and NATO documents as well as a wide array of sources this book offers an analysis of global political economy and contemporary debates about Russia and East-West relations.

By:   Kees van der Pijl
Imprint:   Manchester Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781526131096
ISBN 10:   1526131099
Series:   Geopolitical Economy
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   July 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Introduction: A Civilian Airliner in the Firing Line 1. The Global Gamble of a New Cold War 2. Divided Ukraine 3. From the Maidan Revolt to Regime Change 4. The Civil War and the MH17 Disaster 5. Aftermath: A Failed State on NATO's Frontline References -- .

Kees van der Pijl is fellow of the Centre for Global Political Economy and Emeritus Professor in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex -- .

'Kees van der Pijl has succeeded once again. Revisiting the downing of Flight MH17 in order to develop a macro-analysis of the contemporary global political economy, Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War is a magisterial work that demystifies the contemporary discussions on Russia and East-West relations. Rich in insight and information - bringing together history, political economy and geopolitics - it will certainly impact current debates on international politics.' Leonardo Ramos, PUC Minas 'The downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 over Ukraine marks a rupture in post-Cold War international politics. In this meticulously detailed study, Kees Van der Pijl deftly and expertly places the tragedy in the larger context of the onset of a new period of East-West confrontation, while at the same time providing an expert analysis of the event itself. The book courageously stands against much conventional thinking, and thus provides a necessary corrective to stereotypes. This is essential reading for analysts and above all policy-makers.' Richard Sakwa, University of Kent 'An incontrovertibly important book. Not an investigation into the MH17 catastrophe per se, but rather an explanation for the anti-Russia campaign that unfolded afterwards. Through the prism of the MH17 disaster, van der Pijl provides discusses the broader historical context that led up to the tragedy, and how it continues to reverberate with us today. He argues that we should not view it as an isolated accident, but place it in the context of a wider confrontation, the one pitting the liberal West against a loose contender bloc. . . . van der Pijl's neo-Marxist theoretical perspective, and willingness to use a case study as an illustration of broad global trends, is reminiscent of the classic writings of the late Gabriel Kolko. It is no exaggeration to say that this book is unlike any other currently available on the MH17 tragedy.' Nicolai N. Petro, University of Rhode Island 'Professor Kees van der Pijl's MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War will be long regarded as a landmark in both geopolitics and global political economy. He has convincingly demonstrated that we are now in a new Cold War, after the global financial crisis of 2007-08, starting with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2007. Finance capital, which had become the dominant force in the world economy since the late 1990s now sought to enlarge its short-term speculative operations by trying to expropriate the assets of a much curtailed Russia, and Russia became the main contender of the West in this Cold War. Ukraine, in which the West had already managed to install an ultra-nationalist, Neo-Nazi government became the testing ground of this contention. With some help from Russia, the rebels of the minority population of eastern Ukraine successfully carried out a separatist revolt. The downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which had unsuspectingly perhaps intruded into the civil war zone became a casualty of this. Professor Van Der Pijl has also convincingly demonstrated that it is useful to divide the old Cold War into two phases, the first stretching roughly from 1945-6 to the middle of the 1970s and the second starting around 1979, with the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan and the coming to power of Margaret Thatcher in the UK and Ronald Reagan in the USA, unleashing and being backed by increasingly deregulated finance. He has also shown how Washington has continually interfered in the affairs of a weakened USSR, an interference that became blatant in the case of the successor states of the Soviet Union, especially after the promulgation of the Wolfowitz Doctrine that the USA must in future remain the sole superpower with overwhelming economic and military superiority, and all instruments for achieving for achieving it, including unprovoked wars were legitimate means for attaining that end. Finally, Van Der Pijl has shown how Ukraine's oligarchs managed what Marx called primary accumulation by robbing state assets, how they took into partnership some powerful foreign companies to safeguard their loot, how then they went on to control politicians in their own country, including becoming politicians on their own, how they bribed politicians in the USA and how the latter in turn connived in their criminal activities. I expect this book to be a must-read for all students of international relations and global political economy.' Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata and Adjunct Professor, Monash University -- .

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