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Here are three steps we should take in response to Putin's invasion of Ukraine

By Jakub Grygiel and A. Wess Mitchell 

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Putin does not seem to get it: despite the fact that we live in the 21st century, he is upping the ante in Ukraine and continues his 19th-century behavior. And to the puzzlement of the Western onlookers, the 19th century is winning.

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Donnelly: Sean Kay is wrong because, like so many realists, he overvalues realism

By Thomas Donnelly

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Sean Kay may be correct that I have misdiagnosed what ails the Obama Administration's foreign policy, though I would note that the level of elite anxiety about the Levant, Ukraine and maritime East Asia seems only to be rising: Marc Ambinder is no neocon, but he declares the world to be "en fuego" and that, while "Obama seems to be flailing in front of everyone," it's also true that "there is no GOP alternative."  If that's not a measure of Establishment melt-down, I don't know what is.

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