February 03, 2015

Why Washington might be shifting toward sending arms to Ukraine

The Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, is reportedly pushing a plan for the United States to provide weapons to Ukrainian forces to fight Russian-backed rebels. 

Now, a new report from some heavy-hitters in Washington’s top think tanks argues that arming Ukraine may be the best way to help bring the crisis to a peaceful end. The report suggests that a stronger Ukrainian military “will increase the prospects for negotiation of a peaceful settlement.”

The push comes amid a growing sense in Washington that the current path in Ukraine is not helping to defuse the situation. Efforts to negotiate a settlement have fallen apart, and Russia has become increasingly aggressive

Read the full article at the Christian Science Monitor.


  • Julianne Smith

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senio...