July 15, 2015

Russian Motives: An Essay Exploring Russia’s Approach to Crimea and Eastern Ukraine

By Benjamin Cumbo and Robert D. Kaplan

At the time of writing this report, Benjamin F. Cumbo IV was a Joseph S. Nye, Jr. National Security Intern with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He hoped to move from CNAS into the intelligence community. He was finalizing this essay during his last weeks. 
 
In his report, Mr. Cumbo examines how Russia sees its territorial aggression in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. He recommends that the United States and NATO should work together to exploit the weaknesses of the Russian military and 'tread lightly' with regards to the crisis in Ukraine. Senior Fellow Robert D. Kaplan provides a brief foreword highlighting Mr. Cumbo's understanding of Russia's recent aggression.

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