How do historians view the long road to war in Ukraine?

As Russian state channels claim that Vladimir Putin’s invasion is meant to right historical wrongs from the end of the Cold War, I spoke with Dr. Mary Elise Sarotte, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, about the historical turning points that led to the war in Ukraine.

How did decisions in Moscow close down alternatives to NATO expansion? What consequences did the alliance’s expansion have on European security? Why has Ukraine become such a flashpoint?

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