Former Brookings Expert
Senior Fellow, Istituto Affari Internazionali
Riccardo Alcaro was a nonresident fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe. He is an expert in transatlantic political and security relations with a focus on U.S.-European cooperation in Europe’s neighboring regions, including the Middle East and North Africa, Iran and the Persian Gulf, the Sahel, Eastern Europe, and Russia.
NATO is not going to intervene militarily to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity, nor is NATO prepared for such a contingency. There is really no desire in either the United States but particularly in Western Europe to wage war against Russia over Ukraine.