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Feb. 10: What is the end game for the war in Ukraine?

At the end of last Monday’s meeting, we proposed that the topic for this coming Monday be what the end game for the war in Ukraine might look like today (It might change over time, depending on what happens in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, the UK, the US, etc.)

Whatever the “end game” turns out to be, what’s likely to be the long-term effect of the war and its possible ending (or temporary suspension) on Russia? on Europe? on the US? on China?

Here are some links to recent articles that might be useful background:

  1. Tom Friedman, “Year 2 of the War in Ukraine is going to get Scary”, New York Times, 5 February (
  2. Steven Erlanger, “When It Comes to Building Its Own Defense, Europe Has Blinked”, New York Times, 4 February (
  3. Ross Douthat, “The Costs of a Long War in Ukraine”, New York Times, 4 February (
  4. Christopher Caldwell, “Russia and Ukraine Have Incentives to Negotiate. The U.S. Has Other Plans.”, New York Times, 7 February (
  5. Liana Fix and Michael Kimmage, “Putin’s Last Stand: The Promise and Peril of Russian Defeat”, Foreign Affairs, January/February 2023 ([PDF]
  6. Timothy Snyder, “Ukraine Holds the Future”, Foreign Affairs, September/October 2022 ([PDF]

I thought the last two articles in this list were the most interesting (PDF links are provided if you don’t subscribe).


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