War in Ukraine: How Should the United States Respond?

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On February 24th, 2022, Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine. Since the invasion, thousands have died, with millions more uprooted and forced to flee their homes. This has led to a robust discussion regarding Russia’s motivations for invading Ukraine, including fears over NATO expansion and Ukraine’s interest in Western institutions, the democratization of Ukraine, and the expansion of Russian borders. Thus far, diplomatic negotiations have not ended the war, and the intensity of the day-to-day conflict continues to rise. This war challenges both European politics and the current international order. Therefore, it is of concern to the United States and its European and global interests. Because of variation in public opinion on the issue of response, it is vital to deliberate over potential options and actions. This issue sheet proposes three options for a possible response: Minimal Intervention, Continued Sanctions and Diplomacy, and Military Intervention. As we collaboratively evaluate this issue, it is essential to consider the drawbacks and trade-offs of each option and action.

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Published Date: 
Monday, May 16, 2022