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Where is Ukraine headed?

"It is no surprise that Ukraine has ceased to function as a state—the surprise is that it ever appeared to do so"

By Gregory Treverton  

EU foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine evokes eerie echoes of the Cold War, not to mention czarist preoccupation with what has come to be called Russia’s “near abroad.”  The situation is dangerous, and in that circumstance, wishes are not policy. Neither is foot-stomping. The first task is not rolling back the effective occupation of Crimea by Russian troops, but trying to keep a bad situation from getting worse.

It is useful to begin with a clear-eyed appraisal…

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