Book Talk – Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability

The war in Ukraine has radically reshaped US, Western and Russian policy, and international relations in general, and its long-term effects are incalculable, but likely to be immense. To discuss the origins of the war and its course and impact to date, Anatol Lieven of the Quincy Institute was joined by Michael Kimmage, author of the just-published and highly-praised book Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability (Oxford University Press 2024). According to Kirkus Reviews, “Political maneuvering rarely begets a page-turner, but Kimmage’s insightful account is just that”.


Michael Kimmage

Michael Kimmage is a professor of history and department chair at the Catholic University of America and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). From 2014 to 2017, he served on the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio. He publishes widely on international affairs, U.S.-Russian relations and American diplomatic history.

Anatol Lieven

Dr. Anatol Lieven directs the Eurasia Program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He was formerly a professor at Georgetown University in Qatar and in the War Studies Department of King’s College London. From 1985 to 1998, Lieven worked as a journalist in South Asia, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and covered the wars in Afghanistan, Chechnya and the southern Caucasus.