It is the misfortune of the Obama administration to preside over the unraveling of several long-term U.S. strategies in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The tactics used by previous administrations to delay making hard choices in the hope that problems would resolve themselves over time without Washington being required to make sacrifices are no longer available, as the crises in both regions make abundantly clear.
For the past 20 years, successive U.S. administrations have held open the door for Ukraine's full integration into the Euro-Atlantic world, with the expectation that either Russia would at long last accept the move as inevitable, or that Russia itself would cease to be a great power in its own right and thus be reduced to raging impotently as the last of its empire slipped from its grasp. The U.S. assumed it was free to pursue partnership with Moscow in areas that mattered to the U.S. while promising to Ukrainians a future alignment with the West. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $11.99 monthly or $94.99/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- The Realist Prism: Obama Faces Nothing but Problems in Finding Hagel Replacement
- Global Insights: Russia-Pakistan Defense Accord Signals Shifting Regional Alignments
- Diplomatic Fallout: Bold or Not, Next U.N. Secretary-General Faces World of Pain
- After U.S.-China Climate Deal, India Feels the Heat on Growing Emissions
- Strategic Horizons: Understanding the Enemy: Inside the Mind of the Islamic State