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Tom Switzer, "Has the U.S. provoked the Russian bear in Ukraine?" (AIIA Queensland)

Published 12 Jun 2014

“Unfashionable though it is to say so, President Bush ended the Cold War with an implicit agreement with Moscow that the West would not go east after the collapse of Soviet Communism. That means his successors Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have reneged on the US side of the bargain. If this is indeed the case, should Washington have taken into account Russia’s susceptibilities and its attempt to protect what it deems as its sphere of influence? Or are we witnessing the rebirth of a Russian expansionist revolutionary power that justifies US-led containment?

About Tom Switzer

Tom is a research associate at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre and the Australian editor of The Spectator in the U.K. He is a former opinion editor of The Australian, an editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review and an assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. He has written for several publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and most recently The National Interest in Washington. He moves to Brisbane with his family in July.”