New Cold War (1)“Some dismissed this book as scaremongering. They should re-read it now.” Radosław Sikorski, Foreign Minister of Poland

“It is little comfort for those of us in NATO’s frontline states that this book’s message has been vindicated.” Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia


The first edition of The New Cold War was published to great critical acclaim. Edward Lucas has established himself as a top expert in the field, appearing on numerous programs, including Lou Dobbs, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and NPR.

In this revised and updated third edition, Lucas includes a new preface on the Crimean crisis, including analysis of the dismemberment of Ukraine, and a look at the devastating effects it may have from bloodshed to economic losses. Lucas reveals the asymmetrical relationship between Russia and the West, a result of the fact that Russia is prepared to use armed force whenever necessary, while the West is not. Hard-hitting and powerful, The New Cold War is a sobering look at Russia’s current aggression and what it means for the world.

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“‘The New Cold War’ is a work of piercing clarity and extraordinary prescience. Edward Lucas grasped the nature of Vladimir Putin from the start, refusing to avert his eyes from the threats to internal peace, prosperity and security faced by the the nations on Russia’s borders.” Rachel Polonsky, author of “Molotov’s Magic Lantern”

“More than timely – if our politicians had read it and acted when it first came out the West wouldn’t have been caught with its pants down when Russia invaded Ukraine.”  Adam Zamoyski, author and historian

“A remarkably prescient and insightful book about the true nature of Putin’s regime and the threat it poses to Europe, and a gripping read to boot.” Philippe Legrain, former adviser to the President of the European Commission

“Vladimir Putin’s turn to the past has vindicated Edward Lucas’s arguments about the nature of the Russian regime. He understood it better and much earlier than the majority of us. Shrewd analysis, brilliantly written — and a sad story.” Lilia Shevtsova, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow


Edward Lucas is a senior editor at The Economist. An expert in energy, intelligence and cyber-security issues, he covered Central and Eastern Europe for more than 20 years, witnessing the final years of the last Cold War, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet empire, Boris Yeltsin’s downfall and Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. He is also a senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).

From 1992 to 1994, Lucas was managing editor of The Baltic Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Tallinn. He holds a BSc from the London School of Economics, and studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. He is married to Cristina Odone with three children. “The New Cold War” (2008) was his first book. “Deception”, about east-west espionage, was published in 2011. “The Snowden Operation” was published as an e-book in 2014.