On March 7, Foreign Policy at Brookings will host a discussion on the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea, 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, will be joined by Senior Fellows Michael O’Hanlon and Steven Pifer to discuss the crisis. Brookings Visiting Fellow Jeremy Shapiro will moderate the discussion.
After the discussion, panelists will take questions from the audience.
Get the latest on what Brookings experts are saying about Ukraine here.
[Putin] sees a vacuum of power, for example in Syria where the U.S. didn’t have a strategy, and he sees an opportunity to reassert Russian influence and Russian power in the region...You could make the same argument about Ukraine. There was an opportunity that presented itself. He took a risk and it paid off...In broad terms, Putin has defined his legacy at this point as the Russian leader who has ‘brought Russia back up from its knees in the 1990s.'