The surrealism of realism: Misreading the war in Ukraine

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Alexander J. Motyl states that most general readers following events in Ukraine may not be aware that much of the debate and many of the policy prescriptions among experts have been dominated by a school of thought in international relations scholarship known as 'realism'. Realists have argued that US policy toward the Russo-Ukrainian conflict should be driven by pragmatic American interests and by the realities of Russia's regional great-power status. Realist arguments become more controversial when they insist that Russia?s behavior toward Ukraine is actually a reasonable response to Western attempts to wrest Ukraine from Russia's sphere of influence and that the culprit behind the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war is the West and the United States and NATO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Affairs
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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