The Ukraine War and the World in 2022: A CBGA Assessment

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The KRF Center for Bangladesh and Global Affairs (CBGA, Dhaka) has launched a landmark initiative of publishing its yearly assessments of selected events, issues and challenges in foreign policy, global affairs and major challenges in the world. The research team of the CBGA has identified a host of issues and events that dominated contours and discourse of the Ukraine War in 2022. It is the first volume on The Ukraine War and the World in 2022. The events and issues covered in this volume were published as a series of CBGA Briefs in 2022. The book has also covered briefs and opinion pieces published by the researchers of the CBGA in different national and international dailies and online portals in 2022. The volume will be immensely beneficial to the scholars, students and observers of Bangladesh and its foreign policy, foreign policy analysis, international relations, disciplines of social sciences and humanities and analysts of different backgrounds. The insights of the papers in the book will also be of great interest to policy makers, diplomats and international donors. It is the first of its kind in Bangladesh by a think-tank and thus merits serious attention both from academic and policy perspectives.

This book has four sections, focusing on the background, causes, and directions of the Ukraine War; reactions, implications, and challenges; resolving the Ukraine Crisis; and finally, the future. The first section commences with a brief introduction to the Ukraine crisis resulted from the Russian invasion in Ukraine while contextualizing the Black Sea, NATO and EU in respect to the crisis. The section demonstrates a diverging view of the global reaction to the Ukraine war, specifically the perspectives of the West and the East. Besides, the section inquires whether Europe is ready for the long war in Ukraine. In the third section, the initiatives taken by the United Nations to resolve the ongoing Ukraine crisis are assessed along with its effectiveness. This section followed by the assessment of the Russia-Ukraine food grain deal and its significance for the global population. This section ends with exploring possibilities for peace talks on the Ukraine crisis and discovering why peace talks are urgent and what can be done. Finally, this book looks into the future of this war. The war in Ukraine was anticipated to be a quick battle when it started. However, it has already entered in its 13th month with no sign of abatement rather the situation is worsening with time.