Kordosova: Obama's Chance to Ensure a Free Europe

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Brent Scowcroft Center Associate Director Simona Kordosova writes for U.S. News & World Report on how the crisis in Ukraine has opened a window for the Obama administration to unite Europe:

The crisis in Ukraine opened an unparalleled window of opportunity for President Obama to advance a Europe “whole and free” in a more profound way than any of his predecessors. Against the backdrop of the secession referendum in Crimea and reports of Russian forces advancing further inside the Ukraine’s territory, President Obama should take firm steps to embed Ukraine into the West, much like his predecessors who anchored the desires of Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

It is highly ironic that President Obama, who created mistrust in the region due to the botched missile defense announcement of 2009 and his pivot to Asia, could now become the next in the line of presidents who advanced Europe’s freedom and security.

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