This book draws on the author's experience from 26 years of Ukrainian diplomatic service in, among others, Bonn, Berlin, Washington, and Vienna, and his work as a speechwriter to most Ukrainian foreign ministers for the last two decades. Scherba's captivating essays reflect his views of international affairs from a Ukrainian perspective. His deliberations are presented in uncomplicated, plain language. The articles assembled here have repeatedly caused discussion in Ukraine and abroad.By his opponents, Scherba is often described as being surprisingly undiplomatic and even provocative. For instance, his article "Why nationalism can't be the national idea of a European Ukraine", published on a Ukrainian nationalist website, stirred considerable controversy in Ukraine. Aside from explaining Kyiv's take on some key issues of international relations, these essays provide insights into Ukrainian political thinking since the start of Russia's military aggression in 2014, and into the painful political intramural fights in Ukrainian society ever since.
About the Author
Dr. Olexander Scherba studied linguistics and politics at the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv. Since 2014, he has been Ukraine's Ambassador to Austria. Previously, Scherba worked as Ambassador-at-Large at Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, advisor to Arseniy Yatseniuk as a candidate in the 2010 presidential elections, counselor at Ukraine's Embassy in Washington, DC, deputy chief of staff for Ukraine's Foreign Minister Anatoliy Zlenko, and junior diplomat at Ukraine's Embassy in Berlin. Scherba is an active publicist, regular contributor to the Kyiv weekly Dzerkalo tyzhnia ("Mirror of the Week"), and author of, among others, the Ukrainian-language books Against Darkness (2020), Modern Diplomatic Service (2002), New Europe (2018), and The Transformation of the Ukrainian National Idea (2019).