JOHN QUIGLEY – At some point, hopefully sooner than later, there will be a negotiated settlement that will need to deal with the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine. The Donbas was the focus of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree he issued three days before invading, recognizing the claimed separate status of the region’s two provinces.
LAWRENCE WITTNER – As the Cuban missile crisis ultimately convinced Kennedy and Khrushchev, in the nuclear era thereâ€™s little to be gainedâ€•and a great deal to be lostâ€•when great powers continue their centuries-old practices of carving out exclusive spheres of influence and engaging in high-stakes military confrontations.Â Surely, we, too, can learn from the Cuban crisisâ€•and must learn from itâ€•if we are to survive.
JACK F. MATLOCK, JR. – Interference by the United States and its NATO allies in Ukraineâ€™s civil struggle has exacerbated the crisis within Ukraine, undermined the possibility of bringing the two easternmost provinces back under Kyivâ€™s control, and raised the specter of possible conflict between nuclear-armed powers. Furthermore, in denying that Russia has a â€œrightâ€ to oppose extension of a hostile military alliance to its national borders, the United States ignores its own history of declaring and enforcing for two centuries a sphere of influence in the Western hemisphere.
JOHN V. WALSH – The USS Connecticut incident in the South China Sea should be a wake-up call for East Asia â€“ and the world.