The world woke up on 24 February 2022 to news of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine has since been plunged into a horrific war with no end in sight. As of late March, 10 million people are displaced including millions who have sought shelter in the EU.
How did we reach the point of war? What are the options for an EU unaccustomed to geopolitics now forced to answer Putin’s invasion?
Since the war began, we have set out to understand the unfolding events as a watershed moment for global and European politics. We focus on the regional context and impacts, the role of media and civil society, and the energy and environmental dimension, as well as its implications for the future of the European Union.
The war in Ukraine is a seismic shift in a region still shaped by the legacy of the Soviet era. As a conflict, it exposes how war, energy, and information are tied together as issues in this complex new geopolitical age.
In the coming weeks and months, the Green European Journal will continue to follow the fallout from the war and what it means for societies across Europe and around the world. We’ll be publishing on a weekly basis and collect our Ukraine-related articles on this page.
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Articles in this focus
Solidarity with the Ukrainian people in the face of foreign invasion must guide the response.Read more
The determination, resilience, and flexibility displayed by ordinary people in Ukraine have defied expectations.Read more
The war in Ukraine is only the latest tipping point for a global food system already on the edge. Jennifer Kwao explains why the roots of the food crisis lie in the structures of the world economy. Only by addressing food insecurity as a systemic issue can the EU credibly respond.Read more
Ukraine’s fierce counter-attack against Russia is rooted in unique aspects of its society and culture.Read more
Economic historian Nazar Gorin looks at how the long history of Russian colonialism shaped Ukraine’s development. For centuries, the country’s wealth and resources were extracted for the benefit of Russian power and alternative development paths were foreclosed.Read more
As Russia attempts to redraw Ukraine’s borders by force, defence spending is going up around Europe.Read more
The ropes of deterrence are alarmingly short, and Putin may be willing to risk it all.Read more
Gendered narratives overlook the vital role women are playing in the resistance to the war.Read more
Russia’s courtship of African nations since the Cold War era could be paying off.Read more
A silent casualty of the indiscriminate Russian shelling of Ukraine is the environment, unleashing long-term threats to public health.Read more
The invasion of Ukraine has been accompanied by a sharp crackdown on dissent among Russian civil society, which was already under intense pressure.Read more
A reading of the war in Ukraine without historical context, geopolitical actors, and protests across the region misses the point.Read more
As Vladimir Putin’s regime descends into dictatorship, Russia’s beleaguered independent media are fighting for survival.Read more
The invasion of Ukraine looks set to mark a turning point for EU policy on energy, defence, and security.Read more
Will neoimperialism dominate the 21st century or will a free, democratic and united Europe emerge?Read more
Since Russia has been looking east to lessen its dependence on the West, how much will EU and US sanctions hurt?Read more
The worldview of Putin’s Russia reveals a long-standing disregard for the sovereignty and self-determination of its neighbours.Read more
We spoke to a Russia expert about Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine and what comes next.Read more