The current conflict in Ukraine is more than just a terrible humanitarian tragedy in the very heart of Eurasia – it has become the defining centerpiece of a struggle between Russia and the West to define the dimensions of international security in a multipolar world.

This new RD Brief analyzes how and why the post-Soviet space has emerged as a new geopolitical battleground between Russia and the West, describes how the world’s major powers view the current conflict in Ukraine, and provides an overview of four fundamental ways that the international security system has irreversibly changed post-Ukraine.

The author of the Brief is Andrey Baykov, director of Master's Studies and an associate professor of International Affairs at MGIMO-University. He is also the editor-in-chief of Russia’s International Trends peer-reviewed journal.

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