Even among the other illiberal parties in Eastern Europe, Orbán’s party’s friendliness with Beijing and Moscow sets it apart.
Although a difficult pill to swallow for the United States, perhaps the most pragmatic and realistic approach is to allow states to dictate their own domestic politics unimpeded.
It should be no surprise to anyone in Washington when Russia invades or uses pro-Russian actors as proxies to prevent Western encroachment into its sphere. Over seven years removed from the annexation of Crimea, it is a fool’s errand to continually try to attribute blame to Russia when many actors are clearly responsible.
Although a sovereign and more independent Europe may mean less U.S. influence in the region, Americans should not view it as a bad thing. Over the past several decades, America has been stretched thin through prolonged conflicts and its role as the global police force and defender of democracy.
A shooting scenario must be taken seriously. It could happen one of two ways. First, someone on the Belarussian side could provide one of the trapped, freshly traumatized and outraged migrants a gun and let them do what they will. Second, an agent provocateur could infiltrate a migrant camp to gesture threateningly or pull the trigger themselves.
American leadership seems split on how it means to proceed in Europe. While commitment to Europe and NATO is certain, how that will manifest itself is not yet settled. While President Biden seems intent on restoring the relationship as it was, Secretary of Defense Austin issues more measured statements, indicating a desire to let Europe take the lead.
If the US is to continue to be able to secure its interests, it must be willing to draw hard lines with regards to its partners. It cannot constantly be trying to placate partners who are stridently against those interests, no matter the history.
The Realist Review is pleased to provide this briefer courtesy of the Alliance for Citizen Engagement (ACE). Since the Russian Federation’s annexation of Crimea through military action in March 2014, Ukraine has been a state plagued by conflict.
The Realist Review is pleased to provide this briefer courtesy of the Alliance for Citizen Engagement (ACE).
Regardless of NATO’s treaty obligations, there is no strategic value in fighting a war on Russia’s border to defend three countries that contribute virtually nothing to U.S. national security.