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Stephen Cohen: Western Recklessness Could Spark ‘a New Cold War Divide’ in Ukraine

Protesters in Ukraine. (tandalov.com/Flickr)

The crisis in Ukraine came to a head this weekend with President Viktor Yanukovych’s hasty flight from Kiev. The western response to his departure now threatens to fracture the Ukrainian government into two regimes: one led by a democratically-elected president and one chosen by the “street.” Appearing on Electric Politics, Nation contributing editor Stephen Cohen situated the present conflict in Ukraine within the context of America’s foreign policy toward post–World War II Eastern Europe. He argues that western policymakers seem unaware of the possible consequences of their support for the Ukrainian dissidents. Pointing to a “new Cold War divide in Europe” as one possible outcome, Cohen warns that “our children and grandchildren will pay the price of this winner-take-all policy.”
Cecilia D’Anastasio

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