Crises telescope time. They focus us on the urgency of the now and, as important as they are, sometimes they distract us from enduring truths and long-term strategies. The crisis over Ukraine is no exception. We worry about war and escalation; we despair about refugees and suffering; and we naturally focus on ceasefires and their violations.
This is as it should be. But it is important to recall that Ukraine is a country, not a crisis. Ukraine emerged as a country in 1991 from very specific, indeed unique, historical circumstances. Since then, we in the European Union have had a tangled …read more