WHY UKRAINE IS NOT A NATIONAL INTEREST & ISIS (& RUSSIA) ARE | Federiga Bindi

February 17, 2015 12:55 PM

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WHY UKRAINE IS NOT A NATIONAL INTEREST & ISIS (& RUSSIA) ARE | Federiga Bindi

As in the US the attention is focused on the ceasefire in Ukraine, many still insist it shall be armed by the West. On the contrary, the international community should be consistent in pressing both parties for a quick, compromise solution, necessarily including a high degree of autonomy for Eastern Ukraine. More pressing problems in fact require the US and the international community's attention. ISIS is now at a mere 200 miles from NATO's borders, having conquered Sirte. In Italy there are calls for boots on the ground, while Egypt's jets raided Libya. Before it is too late, Russia must be back on board of the international community to help defuse ISIS.

This, however, will demand a shift in Washington's international relations paradigm. The current obsession with Ukraine is in fact due, rather than to an actual national interest, to a difficulty in accepting that the post-Cold War idea of the US as the only world superpower is only partially true.

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