July 13, 2014
Karatnycky on US Policy in Ukraine
There is one important country where U.S. efforts may yet achieve a positive outcome. I'm talking about Ukraine, where Russia's Vladimir Putin has just blinked in his efforts to dismantle the country - in large part because Western sanctions (even mild ones) jeopardized his weak economy.
"In a world where everything is going to hell, this is a place where something is working," says Adrian Karatnycky, a Ukraine expert at the Atlantic Council who just returned from Kiev. "If the United States is looking to reverse a tide of failures, Ukraine is one place where there is a possibility of success."
"Circumstances have given the White House a chance at a do-over, a chance to reassert the inviolability of borders," says Karatnycky. Given his rash of foreign policy stumbles, Obama would be foolish to pass up that chance.