THE DEAL WITH UKRAINE AND RUSSIA’S EXPERIENCE WITH ‘THE WEST’

A couple of recent posts by Mark Adomanis at Forbes on the ongoing Ukrainian quagmire [last week Ukraine’s president failed to reach a deal with the EU, which would have put it more firmly on the path toward European integration, instead choosing to economically align his country more closely with Russia; millions of pro-EU Ukrainians have taken to the streets], and some of the reasons why Russia itself isn’t gung-ho about Western-style liberalism — with shrewd economic and demographic analysis, as always

During the 1990′s Russians were told that “democracy” would not only make them more free, but it would also make them rich. That didn’t happen, and Russians gradually began to associate the lofty rhetoric of “democratic politics” with the ugly and dangerous reality of economic collapse. There is a very real risk that the same thing could happen in Ukraine, and that “integration” and “Europe” will become tarred with the years of economic pain that, at this point, are basically inevitable.

Confused About What’s Happening In Ukraine? Here Are 5 Things You Should Know

Image credit: RT

Image credit: RT

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6 thoughts on “THE DEAL WITH UKRAINE AND RUSSIA’S EXPERIENCE WITH ‘THE WEST’

  1. As messed up as the whole situation is, this is TOTALLY MY JAMZ. The whole Russia-EU fight over the former USSR was what I wrote my thesis on, so this is really interesting to see! Thanks for the links!

    • My pleasure! I figured the blog cant ALL be my lamentations on the weather and the lack of Bud Light 🙂
      What specifically was the scope of your thesis?

      • In (relatively) short:

        For my international relations thesis (I wrote a second Russian studies thesis that served as a literary/historical background to this paper), I talked about the modern manifestation of the Russian character (former superpower now relegated to a smaller, second-tier place on the international stage) and how that affects EU-Russian decisions in regard to the former USSR Baltic states.

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