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The History Behind the U.S.-Russian Showdown Over Ukraine

January 13, 2022

Episode Notes:

Despite intensive discussions between American, European, and Russian diplomats this week, the crisis over the future of Ukraine and European security has no end in sight. Over 100,000 Russian troops remain deployed along the Ukrainian border, poised for a further invasion of Ukraine should Vladimir Putin give the go-ahead.

To put the crisis in historical context, we’re joined on the Warcast by one of the leading historians of trans-Atlantic relations and the post-Cold War period, Dr. Mary Sarotte. Mary is the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professorship of Historical Studies at John Hopkins SAIS, a research associate at Harvard University's Center for European Studies, and the author of several books, including Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate.

[ 01:08 ] History and the current crisis

[ 03:57 ] NATO’s “open door” principle

[ 12:02 ] What America should do now

[ 16:00 ] Looking ahead

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