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Brookings Scholars on the Ukraine/Crimea Crisis, 3/31/14

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov before their meeting at the Russian Ambassador's residence in Paris, March 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool)

Over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who asserted that Ukraine should be a federation of regions, and that Russian troop movements along the Ukrainian border are merely exercises. Brookings experts continue to offer commentary and recommendations on the unfolding challenges. See previous editions of this roundup here, here, and here.

It's a good thing that there's a conversation going [but] we continue to see the Russian massing of forces along the eastern Ukraine border. The question will be, does Lavrov have something new to say? — Steven Pifer, senior fellow and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, USA Today


On Friday, Pifer appeared on NPR News, saying that Ukraine needs to solidify its democratic institutions:

The best revenge towards what Russia has done is that if, in three or four years from now, we can look a Ukraine and it's got solidifying democratic institutions, a growing economy and each day it looks a little bit more like Poland.

Listen to the story below or on NPR.org.


Brookings President Strobe Talbott recently participated in a Spreecast with the Wall Street Journal on the crisis. You can listen to/watch the archived program here.


Here is some of what Brookings scholars are saying on Twitter:


See our research and commentary archive on Ukraine.

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