Reflections on the Russia-Ukraine War

Editor: Maarten Rothman, Lonneke Peperkamp & Sebastiaan Rietjens

About this book

The Russia-Ukraine war is a multifaceted beast. It ranges from fighting on the ground to high diplomacy, from domestic anti-war protests to international weapon supplies, from justification through sham referenda to coercion via economic sabotage, and from operational misdirection to covering up war crimes. There are close connections between these facets: the collapse of a front leads to the discovery of mass graves; the delivery of weapon systems depends on Zelensky’s appeal to the international community; sham referenda followed by annexation enable accusations of unwillingly mobilized soldiers who refuse to defend the motherland.

The volume sheds light on the Russia-Ukraine war, exploring this multitude of facets and their interconnections. Bringing together the expertise of our colleagues at the Netherlands Defense Academy (NLDA) allows us to adopt a distinctively interdisciplinary approach, offering uniquely comprehensive and timely reflections on this armed conflict. The 27 chapters in this volume are centered around five themes. The first section covers historical and contemporary narratives, intelligence, digital technologies, and communication strategies. The second provides in depth analyses of the operational aspects of the war, including warfighting on land, at sea, in the air, as well as in the space and cyber domains. The third section on international involvement covers topics such as sanctions, burden sharing, arms support and implications of the war on international institutions and the world order. The fourth provides analyses of the normative framework that applies to the Russia-Ukraine war. Finally, the fifth section deals with the way armed forces can transform their organizations and learn from this war, and concludes with questions on how and when the Russia-Ukriane war might end.


Maarten Rothman is associate professor of International Security Studies at the Netherlands Defense Academy. His research interests include international theory, ideology, and democratic revolutions.

Lonneke Peperkamp is a full professor of Military Ethics and Leadership and director of the Military Management Studies Research Centre at the Netherlands Defense Academy. She is vice president of the International Society for Military Ethics in Europe.

Sebastiaan Rietjens is a full professor of Intelligence & Security and the director of the War Studies Research Centre at the Netherlands Defense Academy. He also holds a special chair of Intelligence in War and Conflict at Leiden University.

Format: Hardback

Pages: 552

Illustrated: Colour

ISBN Print: 9789087284343

ISBN ePDF: 9789400604742

Published: 24 February 2024

Language: English

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