Praised as an “authoritative” and “important addition to the literature” by Kirkus Reviews, Adrian Karatnycky’s book Battleground Ukraine: From Independence to the War with Russia, to be published by Yale University Press on June 4, 2024, is the first major history of Ukraine from independence in 1991 to the present. In response to Battleground Ukraine, Harvard’s Serhii Plokhy — the leading Western historian of Ukraine — wrote, “Adrian Karatnycky has a knowledge of Ukraine that comes not only with reading history but also with making it. A participant in many key events in Ukraine’s recent past, in this important book he provides unique insights into the rise of independent Ukraine and explains why the country and its people keep fighting when others gave up.”

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Adrian Karatnycky will be joined by the Atlantic’s David Frum to discuss his book at the Atlantic Council, which provides an eyewitness account of the history of the modern Ukrainian state and nation since the collapse of the USSR and demonstrates how the Ukrainian people have defended their right to national sovereignty and grown to inspire the world.


Adrian Karatnycky
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

In conversation with

David Frum
Staff Writer
The Atlantic

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The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.

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