The story of the Trump administration’s purported attempts to make aid to Ukraine a quid pro quo for help investigating the president’s political rivals placed that country front and center in US headlines for weeks. But historical memory is short. Full appreciation of Ukraine’s geopolitical significance for both US and Russian policy makers requires a review of the fateful years immediately following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In Foreign Affairs, Serhii Plokhy and M.E. Sarotte explain how Ukraine has become a focal point of both US-Russian frictions and US domestic politics.
About the Authors
Serhii Plokhy is professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. M.E. Sarotte is Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the author of The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall.
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