Nobody Actually Knows What Russia Does Next

Source: Foreign Policy
by Stephen M Walt

“Apparently, key members of the Western foreign-policy elite are mind readers: They claim to know exactly what Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions are. Prominent officials and political commentators increasingly agree that his ambitions are limitless and that Ukraine is just his first target. … As Walter Lippmann warned, ‘When all think alike, no one thinks very much.’ The plain fact is that none of these people know what Putin or Russia will do if the war in Ukraine ends with Russia in control of some of Ukraine’s pre-2022 territory. Neither do I, and neither does anyone else, except maybe Putin himself (and he may not know for sure).” (04/02/24)