(Moscow-On-Thames) For the latest another addition to my (very long) list of reasons why the community of international relations scholars who call themselves realists should be banned from using the term, see (if you have the stomach) Tom Graham’s latest foray in Foreign Affairs. If you don’t have access to the journal, you can get the gist of the idea from Serhiy Kudelia’s Facebook post below.
Let’s set aside the idea that the best way to end conflict with the Kremlin is to give it what it wants. (In Graham’s proposal, Kyiv should recognize the annexation of Crimea in return for an end to Russian involvement in Donbas, while Washington should close the NATO door.) The problem with these kinds of proposals is not that they misread the causes and consequences of the Kremlin’s foreign policy. It’s that they misunderstand the fundamental nature of states and societies. […]
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