Triangular Diplomacy among the United States, the European Union, and the Russian Federation

Responses to the Crisis in Ukraine

  • Vicki L. Birchfield
  • Alasdair R. Young

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Alasdair R. Young, Vicki L. Birchfield
    Pages 1-19
  3. Alasdair R. Young, Vicki L. Birchfield
    Pages 21-54
  4. Christopher Patane, Cooper Drury
    Pages 119-142
  5. Vicki L. Birchfield, Alasdair R. Young
    Pages 217-226
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-232

About this book


This book examines the crisis in Ukraine through the lens of “triangular diplomacy,” which focuses on the multiple interactions among the European Union, the United States and Russia. It is explicitly comparative, considering how the US and EU responded to ostensibly the same crisis. It also adopts a “360-degree” perspective, focusing on how the US and EU interacted in their dealings with Russia, and how Russia and Ukraine have responded. Chapters focus on each of the four protagonists – the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine – and on key, cross-cutting aspects of the crisis – sanctions, international law and energy. The book thus contrasts a conventional, if exceptional, great power – the US – with a very non-traditional foreign policy actor – the EU. It would be suitable for both undergraduate and graduate courses on the EU’s external policies and engagement in world affairs, EU-US relations, EU-Russia interactions, or regional security issues.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Vicki L. Birchfield
    • 1
  • Alasdair R. Young
    • 2
  1. 1.Sam Nunn School of International AffairsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GAUSA
  2. 2.Sam Nunn School of International AffairsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GAUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63434-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63435-7
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