State-Building in the Middle of a Geopolitical Struggle

The Cases of Ukraine, Moldova, and Pridnestrovia

Rolando M. Dromundo Valadez

ibidem Press

State-Building in the Middle of a Geopolitical Struggle

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Pub Date: December 2018

ISBN: 9783838211725

512 Pages

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State-Building in the Middle of a Geopolitical Struggle

The Cases of Ukraine, Moldova, and Pridnestrovia

Rolando M. Dromundo Valadez

ibidem Press

Rolando Dromundo presents a political and historical analysis of the state-building processes in Ukraine, Moldova, and the unrecognized Republic of Pridnestrovia from the Soviet fall until 2015, starting with a sketch of the main geopolitical trend that surrounds these polities and its influences on them, and paying special attention to the vicissitudes of the Ukrainian political crisis of 2013–14 and its immediate consequences in Crimea and the Donbass.

This book is a must for scholars with an interest in the post-Soviet space and to anyone curious about an international conflict from a realist perspective. It offers an original insight on the understanding of the oligarchs’ role in Ukrainian political life and presents a different perspective on the unrecognized Republic of Pridnestrovia.

Dromundo is neither pro-Russian nor pro-Western. He sheds light on the problems from different angles and illustrates how the local inhabitants turned out to become the biggest losers in the game because they have fallen prey to local elites allied with different foreign powers disregarding local identities and needs. Altogether, the book helps to better understand the complexity of local state-building processes in a multiethnic society.
Dromundo provides valuable insights into the complexity of the tasks that countries in political transition face and the influences of geopolitical struggles going on around them. For this reason alone, it is a study well worth reading. Nicolai N. Petro, Silvia-Chandley Professor of Peace Studies and Nonviolence, University of Rhode Island
This book is about the territory of recent geopolitical games. It shows not only the process of state-building of the countries in the region, but also the construction of both Russian ‘assertive and sovereign’ and of European ‘common and sovereign’ external policies. This analysis can help us to retrace the nascence of neomodernistic reality of contemporary international relations and to understand how to survive together. Anna Barsukova, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad, Russia)
The author portrays an innovative and provocative analysis of the vicissitudes brought by the clash of different geopolitical projects in the post-Soviet space, in the Ukrainian and Moldovan cases. The research combines political analysis, historical research, and a wide set of local sources. A worthwhile read. Lucio Caracciolo, director, Limes Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica

About the Author

Rolando Dromundo obtained his PhD in geopolitics at Pisa University in 2016. He obtained an MA in International Relations at Bologna University. Dromundo has long journalistic experience including several years as a foreign correspondent for La Nueva Televisión del Sur (Telesur), where he covered a wide range of events like the drug war in Mexico, the coup d’état in Mali, and human trafficking from Central America.