Russia in Ukraine – End of the Peaceful Era in Central Europe?

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UkraineThe Russian invasion of Ukraine poses a fundamental challenge to the post-Cold War order, which has kept Europe relatively stable and at peace for the past twenty-five years. With his policy of aggressive nationalism and hegemonic aspirations, President Putin openly challenges the principles of sovereignty, self-determination, and democracy, on which this order was built. His worldview and, indeed, that of many others in the Russian elite, is premised on a perceived need to restore Russia to its former position of influence and greatness in the ’near abroad‘ and – through that – in the world. One year after the unrest in Ukraine commenced the  question of how to respond to these ambitions still remains unanswered by the West.

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