Relevant Reading:Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do
Amb. Steven Pifer, Strobe Talbott, Amb. Ivo Daalder, Michele Flournoy, Amb. John Herbst, Jan Lodal, Adm. James Stavridis and Gen. Charles Wald
Good evening, podcast listeners. With Angela Merkel having wound up her meeting with President Obama and now on her way to Minsk, where she will try one last time to hammer out a workable deal with the heretofore recalcitrant Vladimir Putin over Ukraine, we are joined by Brookings’ Ambassador Steven Pifer, one of the co-authors of last week’s hard-hitting report urging the United States to arm the Ukrainian side.Ambassador Pifer makes a strong case that his preferred policy option, while not without risks, is the only sensible way forward should President Putin continue to dig in his heels. He argues that it would be a mistake to consider Ukraine the beginning and end of Vladimir Putin’s broader project, and that a strong showing by NATO and the West is imperative, not just to halt his advance inside Ukraine, but to demonstrate to him that his new hybrid warfare model cannot ultimately succeed.