On Tuesday 8 November at 6 p.m., at the Arsenale cineclub in Pisa (Vicolo Scaramucci 2), Francesco Strazzari, Full Professor at the Dirpolis 8Law, Politics, Development) Institute of the Sant'Anna School, will present his latest book 'Frontiera Ucraina. Guerra, geopolitiche e ordine internazionale' (ed. Il Mulino, 2022), an analysis of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine as a border war for the international order. Together with the author, the meeting will include speeches by Francesca Mannocchi, journalist at La Stampa and author of reportages in war-affected areas, Nicola Melloni, Visiting Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Kateryna Pishchikova, Associate Research Fellow at ISPI (Institute for International Policy Studies) and Silvio Pons, Full Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
Border war for a new international order
Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, Francesco Strazzari has done important work to fully understand the motivations behind the war and to analyse its possible consequences in terms of international geopolitics. In this book, Strazzari analyses the war in the heart of Europe from multiple perspectives. In a world marked by aspiring powers engaged in competition for hegemony, the book reflects on the mechanisms of violent redefinition of borders, spheres of interest and influence, post-colonial hierarchies and imperial legacies. The war in Ukraine deeply marks not only regional dynamics, but also international relations. Writing at the height of the military offensives, six months after the start of the Russian invasion, the author develops an analysis of the conflict as a border war for the international order, intervening in the debate on causes, effects and challenges. In an international context marked by growing geo-strategic competition, which seems to relegate peace to a latent theme, Frontier Ukraine critically explores the genealogy and escalation profiles of a conflict in which the invader is a nuclear power-regime that, having miscalculated, believes it can only exist if it shows determination in taking great risks.