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Points of Clarity | What Does the War in Ukraine Mean to the US?

January 26, 202400:57

Former United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long describes the global context of the war in Ukraine and what it means for the United States. 

Video Transcript

  • The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

    I think in many respects Ukraine is not only a symbol of Russia attempting to influence, if not regain, its near afar, traditional Russian federation territory. But we have now the involvement of the Chinese, the North Koreans. It's gone into a much more global context and in part reflects a bit of a struggle in the world of who are the powers going to be going into the future, What is their territory and their influence going to look like? And will the United States and the Europeans allow an interloper like Russia, like Putin, like China, like Iran actually, influence  and gain a footing in our traditional Western democratic spaces?


Mary Beth Long

The Honorable Mary Beth Long

Distinguished Fellow;
Former United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
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