The Quest for Hegemony

Russia Needs to Recognise the Independence of Ukraine

27th January 2020

David Marples

Should the Western world and specifically its most powerful entity, the United States of America, abandon its support for Ukraine and acknowledge Russian hegemony over its western neighbours?

In September 2019, US diplomat John Evans wrote an eloquent article for National Interest that I found intriguing. Entitled “Understanding Vladimir Putin,” it argues that Putin is a normal Russian politician representing what long have been Russian interests. It considers that the expansion of NATO eastward after the collapse of the USSR was a disastrous policy and that the offer to Ukraine and Georgia to begin the process to join the alliance in 2008 was even worse.

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David Marples

A historian and Distinguished University Professor at the Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta as well as an expert at iSANS - the International Strategic Action Network for Security.

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