Past AICGS Fellow Ulrich Speck cannot emphasize enough that the outcome of Russia’s operations in Crimea will be profoundly important for the future of international order. In his recent opinion essay on CNN, Speck details the current situation, but quickly turns focus on the West, which has a visibly fractured response to escalating events. Germany continues to prefer incentives for Russia to cease its operations, while the United States and others are increasingly willing to take more aggressive economic action. Moreover, predicting Ukrainian retaliation if Russia ventures further into its territory, the author cautions that an insufficient Western response will threaten regional stability, as other neighboring states react to Russia’s behavior.

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