Since protests first started in November, the crisis in Ukraine has riveted and confused the world. After months of domestic unrest, a new government based in Kyiv finally emerged in February but was immediately threatened with the loss of control over Crimea to Russian or Russian-inspired forces. Now, amid all of the claims and counterclaims, Russia and Ukraine stand on the brink of a war that could threaten the stability of the entire region and Russia’s relations with the United States and Europe.
On March 7, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion on the crisis in Ukraine, looking at where the crisis might go next and how the U.S. and Europe might respond to and defuse the standoff between Ukraine and Russia. Brookings Senior Fellow Fiona Hill, director of the Center on the United States and Europe, was joined by Senior Fellows Michael O’Hanlon and Steven Pifer to discuss the crisis. Brookings Visiting Fellow Jeremy Shapiro moderated the discussion.