March 22, 2014

Is America Prepared to Sacrifice for Crimea?

Nikolas Gvosdev, World Politics Review

The Associated Press

Right now, the U.S. foreign policy community should not be engaging in its favorite pastime of assigning blame for the situation in Crimea. Nor, given ongoing problems in other parts of the world—rising tensions in the Far East, the future of the Iran nuclear initiative, the fate of the protest movement in Venezuela—does Washington have the luxury of focusing on the Ukrainian crisis at the expense of other, equally pressing concerns. Instead, the focus right now needs to be on formulating a new policy toward Russia that is not subject to the vicissitudes of American domestic politics, and to situate that policy within an overarching framework of U.S. interests. To do so, the Obama administration and its critics in Congress will need to answer a series of questions.

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