The Lost Peace How We Failed to Prevent a Second Cold War Richard Sakwa

Publication date:
28 Mar 2023
Yale University Press
368 pages: 235 x 156mm

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The first account of the new Cold War—revealing how today’s renewed era of global great power competition could threaten us all

Three decades after the Cold War ended, the hopes for a new and more cooperative era in world politics have been lost. With the rise of China and the resurgence of Russia, today there are once again global powers rivalling those of the West. We are now in a Second Cold War, and international security is under threat.
In this incisive account, Richard Sakwa traces the loss of peace and the new configuration of international politics that has arisen in its place, demonstrating that the years of “cold peace” were little more than a hiatus. As Russia aligns with China, shifts in global politics blur the lines of confrontation and the liberal order as a whole faces unprecedented challenges. In a compelling reinterpretation of the accepted narrative, Sakwa shows how this new conflict could have been avoided—and what we need to learn to finally inaugurate a new peace order.

Richard Sakwa is professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian, and post-communist affairs and is the author of Frontline Ukraine and Russia against the Rest.