DEBATE: Arming Ukraine

Debunked: Why There Won’t Be Another Cold War

Matthew Rojansky, Wilson Center & Rachel S. Salzman, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

In the wake of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, talk of a “New Cold War” is in vogue. Even experts who studied the Soviet Union and Russia from the depths of mutually assured destruction and détente to the fall of Communism now say that it will be decades again before “normal” relations between Russia and the West can resume…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine

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Ukraine Deal Could Buy U.S. Time to Formulate Effective Russia Policy

Richard Weitz, Hudson Institute

The U.S. should make keeping Ukraine strong and independent of Russia an enduring priority…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine | NATO | Putin

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Russia’s Breakout From the Post-Cold War System: The Drivers of Putin’s Course

Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center

The abrupt end of the quarter-of-a-century-long era of cooperation and partnership between Russia and the West, and the return of confrontation and hostility between them, did not come out of the blue…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine | NATO | Putin

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Then and Now: Eight Lingering Questions on U.S.-Russia-Ukraine

David Speedie, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Why do we fail to understand that threats do not work with Putin’s Russia?…

U.S. Foreign Policy | NATO | Putin | Ukraine

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The West Has Failed to Find a Constructive Role for Moscow

Robert Hunter, Center for Transatlantic Relations and former US Ambassador to NATO

American leadership is indispensable in Europe. Mr. Putin does not take seriously ministrations by European leaders…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine | NATO | Putin

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Is There a Plausible Strategy for the Ukraine Situation?

John Steinbruner, University of Maryland

Like it or not, we are entangled in the Ukraine situation and we need to face the implications unwelcome as they certainly are…

U.S. Foreign Policy | NATO

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What the West Can and Should Do For Ukraine

Ian Kearns, European Leadership Network & Steve Andreasen, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) & Des Browne, ELN, NTI, and former UK Defence Secretary

The uncertain implementation of the fragile Minsk 2 cease fire agreement in eastern Ukraine has paused the debate over whether or not to arm Ukraine…

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A Diplomatic Halfway House

Robert E. Hunter, Center for Transatlantic Relations and a former U.S. ambassador to NATO

Unless something new is done, everyone will lose…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine | NATO

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No Good Options

Timothy Frye, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Calls to arm Ukraine have helped to galvanize diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the crisis, and over the longer term, the Ukrainian Army will need more weapons and better training, if only to enforce any peace agreement…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine | EU | NATO

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Our Best Hope So Far

Matthew Rojansky, Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The outbreak of renewed sporadic violence is not the biggest or most important looming challenge…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine

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Facing a Fragile Ceasefire

Rajan Menon, City College of New York & Kimberly Marten, Barnard College and Harriman Institute, Columbia University

If the peace deal is not honored, the administration of President Barack Obama will then be under even greater pressure to send lethal weapons to the government in Kiev…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine | Putin

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West Must Either Commit to Ukraine or Back Off

Dmitry Gorenburg, CNA Corporation

Putin has for years been offering a deal in the old realpolitik tradition — let’s draw a line, you run the world on that side, and I’ll run it on this side…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine | Putin

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Want to arm Kiev? Better have a Plan B

Rajan Menon, City College of New York

Arming Ukraine probably would prompt Putin to scale up the war…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine | Putin

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When threatened, Putin will push back

Kimberly Marten, Barnard College and Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Everything we know about Putin’s personality says that when he is threatened he will fight harder…

NATO | U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine | Putin

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Weapons Won’t End the Conflict

Simon Saradzhyan, Harvard University

What Ukraine needs more than any weapons is greater quantities of professionally trained soldiers…

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Military assistance to Ukraine should be part of broader strategy

Oxana Shevel, Tufts University

Washington should seriously contemplate military assistance as part of a broader strategy for ending the conflict in Ukraine…

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Arms likely to spark further escalation

Cory Welt, George Washington University

The U.S. ought to have a plan in place for how it will respond to another round of escalation – and a plan that does not involve a constant ratcheting up of military assistance…

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Arms support for Ukraine should be contingent on talks

Sergiy Kudelia, Baylor University

If the goal of the U.S. government is to achieve a lasting peace in eastern Ukraine, it should use its leverage to compel the Ukrainian government to agree to the partitioning of the Donbas…

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Arms alone won’t win Ukraine

Nikolai Sokov, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

The effectiveness of that assistance will primarily depend on Kyiv’s ability to use it…

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Endangering USA won’t stop Putin

Kimberly Marten, Barnard College, Columbia University

Supplying Kiev with lethal weaponry would endanger U.S. national security interests, while having little chance of stopping Vladimir Putin…

NATO | U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine

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How to Start a Proxy War with Russia

Michael Kofman, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The United States has absolutely no obligations to Ukraine’s security under any type of accord or framework…

NATO | U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine

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Appeasement is not an option

Sergey Minasyan, Caucasus Institute

A strong signal from the U.S. government is not enough if there is no determination for a subsequent military step…

U.S. Foreign Policy | Ukraine

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