John J. Mearsheimer on the Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine War

Professor John J. Mearsheimer discusses the current Russian invasion on Ukraine whilst exploring the potential causes and consequences of the crisis.

In this lecture, Prof. Mearsheimer focused on both the origins of the war in Ukraine and some of its most important consequences. He argues that the crisis is largely the result of the West’s efforts to turn Ukraine into a Western bulwark on Russia’s border. Russian leaders viewed that outcome as an existential threat that had to be thwarted. While Vladimir Putin is certainly responsible for invading Ukraine and for Russia’s conduct in the war, Prof. Mearsheimer states that he does not believe he is an expansionist bent on creating a greater Russia. Regarding the war’s consequences, the greatest danger is that the war will go on for months if not years, and that either NATO will get directly involved in the fighting or nuclear weapons will be used — or both. Furthermore, enormous damage has already been inflicted on Ukraine. A prolonged war is likely to wreak even more devastation on Ukraine.

Prof. John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago.

Amb. Chas Freeman Discusses Ukraine, Disinformation, and the Price of Thinking for Yourself in 2022

From Committing High Reason:

On the Committing High Reason podcast, veteran Ambassador and Statesman Chas Freeman explains how today’s misinformation maelstrom surrounding the media and politicians’ portrayal of the Ukraine-Russian war is “the most intense information war humanity has ever seen,” with Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro.

Ambassador Freeman is a career diplomat (retired) who was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 1993-94, earning the highest public service awards of the Department of Defense for his roles in designing a NATO-centered post-Cold War European security system and in reestablishing defense and military relations with China. He served as U. S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm). He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the historic U.S. mediation of Namibian independence from South Africa and Cuban troop withdrawal from Angola.

Ambassador Freeman worked as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in the American embassies at both Bangkok (1984-1986) and Beijing (1981-1984). He was Director for Chinese Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 1979-1981. He was the principal American interpreter during the late President Nixon’s path-breaking visit to China in 1972. In addition to his Middle Eastern, African, East Asian and European diplomatic experience, he had a tour of duty in India.

Former NATO Analyst and Top UN Official Says This Is the Real Reason for War in Ukraine

Kim Iversen of Rising at The Hill reviews the role of autonomists in the war in Ukraine.

Very interesting perspective on an article by Jacques Baud, a former member of the Swiss strategic intelligence and specialist in Eastern countries. He was also a top official at the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division at NATO.