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News | March 7, 2022

Can the West Apply Enough Pressure to End the War in Ukraine Without Further Provoking Vladimir Putin?

By Jeffrey Mankoff Toronto Star

934th Airlift Wing mobilizes to Europe AOR to support NATO Allies in Ukraine
934th Airlift Wing members wait in line during a personnel deployment function at Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station on Feb. 15, 2022. The 934th Airlift Wing was notified last week of a potential deployment in support of a broader effort to demonstrate our commitment to NATO allies. The wing will undertake a mission to transport people and essential cargo in the area of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Farley)
934th Airlift Wing mobilizes to Europe AOR to support NATO Allies in Ukraine
Far from Home: Global Vikings deploy to European AOR in support of Allies
934th Airlift Wing members wait in line during a personnel deployment function at Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station on Feb. 15, 2022. The 934th Airlift Wing was notified last week of a potential deployment in support of a broader effort to demonstrate our commitment to NATO allies. The wing will undertake a mission to transport people and essential cargo in the area of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Farley)
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The week or so since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been full of what Karl Marx called “days in which 20 years are embodied.” Previously unthinkable developments — Germany rearmingSwitzerland breaking its tradition of strict neutralityFinland formally debating NATO membership — have followed in quick succession. Such rapid shifts can easily take on a momentum all their own. In adapting to the new environment created by the Russian invasion, the West needs to play the long game and not give in to the desire for morally satisfying but strategically dubious actions.

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Jeffrey Mankoff is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, Center for Strategic Research at National Defense University. 

The views expressed are the authors own and do not reflect those of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.