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THE RESILIENCE OF LIBERALISM: TWO YEARS AFTER RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE

Publication Date: 27-02-2024

February 24th, 2024, marked the second anniversary of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Tellingly, few imagined that a war in the 21st century, using drones and other modern weaponry, could be fought on old assumptions such as nationalism and imperial territorial claims, as the distinguished historian Margaret MacMillan noted. In Putin’s eyes, a world without Russia’s political and military influence simply couldn’t exist. Yet, although Putin may be using history to justify this war, ironically, it’s because he knows his Russia has no place in the modern world. With a faltering economy relative to other global powers, the only way to regain dominance (in his rationale) was by force. For almost three decades now, the global economy has been reconfiguring towards three centres of production: Asia, North America and Europe. For the latter, the fall of the Berlin Wall opened the door to the European integration project for Eastern Europeans. And with Ukraine’s promising accession to the European Union, this liberal democratic undertaking will be reinforced.

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