Category: Ukraine

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Professor Stephen Cohen on Ukraine and the Politics of Impeachment

Professor Stephen Cohen on Ukraine and the Politics of Impeachment

The national security argument in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump was a big dud. While the House managers made the case that the United States should arm Ukraine, they didn’t follow up the point because it was weak. The president’s defenders noted, accurately, that Trump’s Ukraine policy was more militaristic than President Obama’s....

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Impeachment Primer: How Does the U.S. Support the Ukraine Military?

Impeachment Primer: How Does the U.S. Support the Ukraine Military?

With President Trump’s impeachment trial focuses on the U.S. military assistance to Ukraine, the details of U.S. support are key to understanding the debate in the Senate. The Washington-based Security Assistance Monitor explains what the aid does–and does not–do. U.S. support has grown rapidly since 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea, the easternmost part of the Ukraine. After...

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The Weakest Link: Impeachment and National Security

The Weakest Link: Impeachment and National Security

In the summer of 2016 President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t agree about much, except for one obscure issue of U.S. foreign policy: lethal military aid to Ukraine. As commander in chief, Obama objected to such assistance, even in the face of a Russian proxy war. So did candidate Trump.  On...

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The Republicans’ Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Explained

The Republicans’ Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Explained

Trump’s Ukraine story is a constellation of factoids that amount to a fantasy. Which isn’t to say it won’t be politically effective. One important reason Democrats must be better prepared to fend off Ukraine-related conspiracy mongering is that Attorney General Barr is preparing some kind of ginned-up report that will line up neatly with Republican...

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Manafort, the Kingmaker, Brokered a Deal With the EU

Manafort, the Kingmaker, Brokered a Deal With the EU

One fact that gets lost in the U.S. domestic politics of impeachment is just how large Americans loomed in Ukraine. During the Maidan revolution of 2014. Paul Manafort, President Trump’s convicted campaign manager, wasn’t just a political consultant. he was a geopolitical kingmaker with a soft touch. He brought together the pro-Russian government and the...

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