U Chicago students demand political science professor #Mearsheimer change his views on Russia v. #Ukraine | Chicago City Wire
In Fall 2014, he wrote “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin,” published in the journal Foreign Affairs.
In Fall 2015, Mearsheimer gave a talk on the topic at University of Chicago at which he predicted the events of the past month.
“I actually think that what’s going on here is that the West is leading Ukraine down the Primrose Path, and the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked,” he said. “And I believe that the policy I’m advocating, which his neutralizing Ukraine and then building it up economically, and then getting it out of the competition between Russia on one side and NATO on the other side, is the best thing that could happen to the Ukrainians.”
“What we’re doing is encouraging the Ukrainians to play tough with the Russians. We’re encouraging the Ukrainians to think that they will ultimately become part of the West, because we will ultimately defeat Putin, and we will ultimately get our way. Time is on our side,” Mearsheimer said. “And of course, the Ukrainians are playing along with this. The Ukrainians are almost completely unwilling to compromise with the Russians, and instead want to pursue a hardline policy.”
“If they do that, the end result is that their country is going to be wrecked. And what we’re doing is in effect encouraging that outcome. I think it would make much more sense for us to work to create a neutral Ukraine,” he said. “It would be in our interest to bury this crisis as quickly as possible. It certainly would be in Russia’s interest to do so. And most importantly, it would be in Ukraine’s interest to put an end to the crisis.”
Mearsheimer’s 2015 speech, published on Youtube, had been viewed more than 16 million times as of Saturday.
Why is Ukraine the West’s Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer - YouTube