Long before its role as a Cold War linchpin or centerpiece of the Great Power competition between the U.S. and Russia, Ukraine's geography, culture, and advantages gained it global attention. As relations between the U.S. and Russia continue to evolve, it is worth understanding where Ukraine finds itself today – its economic, social, and political circumstances; its relations with Russia, the U.S., and Europe; and its way forward. Gregory Cook, Assistant Professor in the Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations at U.S. Army Command and General Staff College will help us make sense of the latest news from Ukraine.
“How Ukraine became Ukraine, in 7 Maps,” Ishaan Tharoor & Gene Thorp, Washington Post, March 9, 2015.
“Quiz: How much do you know about Ukraine?,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, November 27, 2013.
“5 Years Since Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine: Has Putin’s Gamble Paid Off?,” Simon Saradzhyan, Belfer Center, March 14, 2019.
“How to win Ukraine’s long fight for good governance,” Anders Aslund, Atlantic Council, July 22, 2020.
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