ACURA’s Anatol Lieven: Ukrainian neutrality: a ‘golden bridge’ out of the current geopolitical trap

The truth is that the West has no intention whatsoever of fighting against Russia to defend Ukraine.

President Biden and other leaders have made it clear that they will not do so, any more than the Obama administration fought for Ukraine in 2014 or the Bush administration for Georgia in 2008 – despite all the previous talk of partnership.

The idea that Germany, France or Italy would do so is simply ludicrous. In these circumstances, to insist on holding the door open to future NATO membership for Ukraine is absurd, deeply unethical, and extremely dangerous both for Ukraine and NATO’s existing members.

From the Archives: Stephen F. Cohen Interview with Princeton Alumni Weekly (April 2008)

Q: Is NATO expansion needlessly provocative?

SFC: I think it’s disastrous for American-Russian relations. If it weren’t for the war in Iraq, we would understand that Russia is still our No. 1 national-security concern. Only Russia has the weapons that could destroy us. It has a vast share of the world’s energy. Russia sits at the crossroads between Judeo-Christian and Islamic civilizations. It’s also the world’s first- or second-largest exporter of weapons, and its capacity for good or mischief is enormous. Remember, too, that George H.W. Bush promised Gorbachev in 1991 that if Soviet Russia agreed to allow a united Germany in NATO, NATO would not move one inch to the east. Beginning with President Clinton, we have repeatedly violated that promise.

ACURA’s Anatol Lieven: Tragedy of the victor: America and the end of the Soviet Union

Americans have suffered quite a lot as a result of the hubris displayed by their elites in the thirty years since the fall of the Soviet Union. Let us hope that this leads to a better understanding of the world, and of themselves.

ACURA’s Nicolai Petro and Anatol Lieven: Ukraine Must Come to Terms with its Own Diversity

Ambassador Jack Matlock has done us a great service by reminding us of Ukraine’s regional diversity, for without it we could not understand why the fundamental principle underlying the Minsk-II Accords is to grant Crimea “special status” or regional autonomy.

ACURA ViewPoint: Artin S. DerSimonian: A Review of ‘His Way: Remembering Stephen F. Cohen’ 

His Way: Remembering Stephen Cohen (Его Путь: Вспоминая Стивена Коэна) is a collection of letters, stories, and reminiscences of the scholarly and personal life of Stephen F. Cohen who passed away on September 18th, 2020. The compilation was a project of his wife of over 30 years, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and the Russian editor Gennady Bordyugov.

The book begins with an introduction by vanden Heuvel and Bordyugov, who highlight the importance of alternatives in both shaping, and directing, the path Professor Cohen took throughout his career in Soviet and Russian studies. The inclusion of a letter by former General Secretary of the Soviet Union and the first and only President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev is noteworthy. Those who know anything about Professor Cohen are aware of the critical role Mr. Gorbachev played in his life–and the role Professor Cohen played in his.

Mr. Gorbachev’s words regarding Professor Cohen’s passing hold much weight: “He was one of the closest people to me in his views and understanding of the enormous events that occurred in the late 1980s in Russia and changed the world.”

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