Regions / Ukraine
How the Obama administration can make good on its stated preference for diplomacy over war.
On the outskirts of Europe people are literally dying to get in, while the core members of the EU are having second thoughts.
The U.S. government should be making it more difficult to sell weapons—at home as well as abroad.
Events appear to be moving toward a political solution to the East-West standoff over Ukraine. But as Clausewitz once noted: “Against stupidity, no amount of planning will prevail.”
Ukraine is in the throes of a human rights crisis, with serious violations on both sides.
Obama’s foreign policy legacy will not be secured unless he addresses head-on the belief that we have the power to achieve our objectives by threats, intimidation, and coercion.
If Russia intensifies its presence in Ukraine, U.S. will face pressure from NATO allies to react.
To avoid the escalation in east-west tensions, both Putin and Obama need to view each other with a great deal more clarity and understanding.
Russia has come a long way from military operations in which casualties to civilians were of little concern.
At 65, NATO should get off its new meds and act its age. It’s time for downsizing and memoir-writing, not hanky-panky in the east.