Mar 7

Past Event

The Crisis in Ukraine: Possible Next Steps for the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the International Community

Event Materials



  • Basic Ukraine Facts in Disagreement between U.S. and Russia

    Jeremy Shapiro: Disagreements between the United States and Russia on key facts about Ukraine include: whether there has been an invasion of Ukraine, who the president of Ukraine is, and whether hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled their county.

    Jeremy Shapiro

  • Crimea Is the One that Got Away for Russia

    Fiona Hill: This is the culmination of the past 20 years for Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia has had a very long-established interest in Crimea, and there have been a host of claims.

    Fiona Hill

  • Ukrainian Leaders Have to Get Government Running

    Steven Pifer: The leaders in Kyiv have a long and busy to do list, including getting the government running, filling out the cabinet, and preparing for a free and fair presidential election at the end of May.

    Steven Pifer

  • Ukraine Stakes too High to Blame Obama Foreign Policy

    Michael O’Hanlon: I don’t feel like President Obama should be influenced by the political debate about whether somehow his foreign policy uncertainty in other parts of the world has provoked the Ukraine crisis. The answer is probably not, and the stakes are too high, the potential for doing something really wrong is too high if you think in those terms.

    Michael E. O'Hanlon

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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.


March 7, 2014

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Brookings Institution

Saul/Zilkha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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