As Russia ordered troops into eastern Ukraine, President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced sanctions on two major Russian financial institution along with sanctions on Russian sovereign debt.
"All bets are off," said Raymond Taras, a political science professor at Tulane University when asked if he thought an invasion could still be averted.
Taras is an expert on on Russia-Ukraine relations. He and Chris Fettweis, a professor of political science and an expert in foreign policy are available for comment on the latest developments in the crisis.
In order to deescalate the situation, Taras said the U.S., NATO and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky must be willing to make a concession or two. For example, he said, "NATO has to be stopped in its expansion tracks.
"NATO is poaching states that have traditionally belonged to the former Russian empire. Putin is using salami tactics to chop up Ukrainian lands. The collision course began with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but very few observers thought it would continue and increase in intensity in 2022."
He also said that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz have offered reasonable deescalation measures that Russian President Vladimir Putin might be willing to accept.
Taras has been researching and writing about the relationship between Russia and Ukraine for decades. He has authored or edited over 20 books on the collapse of the USSR, Russia’s identity in international relations, the rise of liberal and illiberal nationalism, the internationalization of ethnic conflicts, the dangers of xenophobia, the critique of multiculturalism, the impact of fear on European foreign policy, and the makings of nationhood. He is now editing a book titled Debating Russia’s Exceptionalism in International Relations with top scholars from Europe and Russia.
Fettweis teaches classes on U.S. foreign policy, international security, weapons of mass destruction and strategy and politics. He is the author of several books, including Psychology of a Superpower: Security and Dominance in U.S. Foreign Policy, Columbia University Press, 2018, and Making Foreign Policy Decisions: A Presidential Briefing Book, Transactions Press, 2015.
For comment on the current crisis, Taras can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fettweis can be reached at email@example.com.
Christopher Fettweis Associate Professor
Christopher Fettweis researches international relations and US foreign policy
Raymond Taras Professor of Political Science
Dr. Taras is an expert on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the collapse of the USSR and Russia's identity in international relations.