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A Strategy for Eurasia

It’s time to restore Transatlantic security relations to their central place in U.S. national security strategy.

Published on: April 14, 2014
Andrew A. Michta is the M.W. Buckman Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College and a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).
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  • Andrew Allison

    “While the focus has rightly been on the
    unfolding drama in Donetsk, . . .”? Has the author been living in a cave for the past two months? In fact, in stark contrast to the skillfully executed opportunism on the part of Russia, there’s been a distinct lack of focus on the West, which has apparently forgotten the lessons of 1938.

    The rapidly spreading lawlessness which began in Donetsk is a different kettle of fish resulting from the failure of the so-called “government” of Ukraine (by which I mean not just its legitimacy but its utter incompetence) to promptly put down the lawlessness. The situation is fundamentally different from, although clearly a result of, what happened in Crimea. The latter was an autonomous region within Ukraine with its own parliament which voted to hold a referendum on annexation. The rest of the Ukraine is not autonomous, which makes the acts of the pro-Russian agitators simple lawlessness.

    • Corlyss

      “why the EU would want yet another corrupt and bankrupt country within its orbit”
      Because it’s become an exclusive club for losers? I mean, even losers need love and a place where everybody knows their names . . .

      • Andrew Allison

        No, because Brussels is an out of control bureaucracy which seeks expansion regardless of the merits or, in this case, costs.

  • Pete

    The point Michta misses is that is that Obama was elected — twice — on a platform to lower America’s foot print in the world and to reign in reckless commitments made to countries that, for U.S. security, are not merely useless but are actually liabilities.

    This means that the American public will not support the type of recommendation this Michta wants …nor can the America pocketbook afford the price.

    If Eastern Europe is so valuable, let the wealthy EU defend it. The U.S.can watch and give advise. How’s that?

    • Corlyss

      Well, Pete, honestly, would you follow the man into the next room? I wouldn’t. I resigned myself 7 Nov 12 to the repugnant fact that when Dems are in the White House, warfighting is a disaster waiting to happen. They have lost the capacity for thinking strategically about foreign affairs, so obsessed are they with building and buying coalitions of the needy that they can turn into state clients. We’re better off without them trying anything so ambitious as an armed conflict.

      Having said that, I can tell you to an absolute certainty that if the nation had a serious man, a leader of principle and clear values, and he called the nation to gird up, the American public would go where he led. Obama has no concept of leadership, he has no idea what to do unless Val and ‘Chelle tell him, he never admits a mistakes and is devoted to those whose judgment has proven incompetent, and any military endeavor under him would be another Desert One.

  • ShadrachSmith

    If you thought it was hard to get America into WWII…

  • AndrewL

    Yet another piece from some distinguished professor or think-tank fellow advocating increasing our “defense” budget and expanding our military commitment around the globe, usually followed by repudiating comments from readers. This is becoming a familiar pattern ever since the Ukraine crisis broke out. The wide gulf between elite opinion and mass opinion in America concerns me much more than what happens in a country most Americans can’t locate on a map.

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