Finlandization Is Not a Solution for Ukraine
Good afternoon, podcast listeners! On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war, we bring you two great guests to discuss the current situation of “armed anarchy” in Ukraine.
First, Sir Andrew Wood, associate fellow with the Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House and former British diplomat, recalls his first impression of Vladimir Putin at the start of the Russian leader’s political career in 1999, when Wood was serving as the British Ambassador to Russia. He also gives special insight into how an ambassador and an embassy might respond to a crisis, such as the recent downing of flight MH17.
Then, is “Finlandization” an option for Ukraine, as Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski have been advocating recently? Foreign Policy Initiative fellow and Daily Beast correspondent James Kirchick discusses what exactly is meant by the term Finlandization, before launching into an examination of the shortcomings of this approach for Finland, and why a resurrection of this policy isn’t in Ukraine’s best interest.