June 03, 2022

Russia’s War on Ukraine at 100 Days Has No End in Sight, Threatening Global Costs

Featuring Chris Dougherty

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalists Michael R. Gordon, Daniel Michaels, Marcus Walker

After 100 days, Russia’s war on Ukraine is turning into a bloody slog with no end in sight, causing mounting devastation in Ukraine and prolonged costs world-wide.

The biggest conflict between European states since World War II has undergone swings of fortune that offer a reminder of war’s unpredictability. The failure of Russia’s early blitzkrieg fueled Ukrainian confidence that is ebbing as Russia concentrates its firepower on a narrower, grinding advance.

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If neither side gains an advantage, “they are just going to keep going at it like dueling meat grinders,” said Chris Dougherty, a former U.S. Defense Department strategist now at the Center for a New American Security. As a precedent, he cited the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, “which settled into eight years of smashing each other in the face.”

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Authors

  • Chris Dougherty

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Chris Dougherty is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for the Defense Program at CNAS. His primary areas of research include defense strategy, operational concepts, and force planning. ...