The Eagle and the Trident: The Past and Future of U.S.-Ukraine Relations
October 19, 2017
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States devoted greater attention to Ukraine than any other post-Soviet state (except Russia). The relationship between the two countries moved from heady days in the mid-1990s, when they declared a strategic partnership, to troubled times after 2002.
Throughout the mid-to-late 1990s and first years of the aughts, the United States generally succeeded in its major goals in Ukraine, notably the safe transfer of nearly 2,000 strategic nuclear weapons left there after the Soviet collapse. Washington also provided robust support for Ukraine’s effort to develop into a modern, democratic, market-oriented state. But these efforts aimed at reforming the state proved only modestly successful, leaving a nation that was not resilient enough to stand up to Russian aggression in Crimea in 2014…
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