Waging an undeclared war in the Donbas region, Russia is pursuing a ruthless effort to destabilize Ukraine. Given the stakes for relations between Russia and the West, the outcome of the conflict is also likely to shape future developments in Europe and the world at large.
So how can the crisis be resolved?
Eight distinguished US foreign policy scholars and former practitioners, five of whom traveled to Ukraine and Brussels, have produced a report entitled "Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do."
The working group included Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Michele Flournoy, Chief Executive Officer, Center for a New American Security; John Herbst, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Jan Lodal, Distinguished Fellow and Former President, Atlantic Council; Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; James Stavridis, Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution, Charles Wald, Board Director, Atlantic Council.
In the report, the experts summarize what they heard in discussions at NATO and in Ukraine and offer specific recommendations for steps that Washington and NATO should take to strengthen Ukraine’s defenses and enhance its ability to deter further Kremlin aggression.