On the Center for European Policy Analysis website, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel explains why the war in Ukraine will not be settled by negotiations and is likely to see a further escalation of Russian military involvement:
"An unresolved territorial conflict will impede Ukraine’s westward march while at the same time it will be a violent reminder of Europe’s inability to deal with military threats, the Achilles’s heel of the post-modern political architecture built in Brussels."
"Putin is thus feared to be a shrewd competitor willing to use all forms of Russian power—from nuclear innuendo to a superiority in conventional forces to relentless information warfare—in order to build methodically a new regional order. In other words, he may be a geopolitical master. But there is another possibility."
"Using defense-in-depth in today's NATO creates two serious problems, one military and one political. This means that NATO's conventional military strength- far larger than Russia's- is unlikely to deter a Russian attack."
"America’s rivals are aware of the dangers of provoking the world’s most powerful nation. But this doesn’t mean that they have reconciled themselves to the U.S.-led system in the 21st century; rather, they are challenging it subtly."
"The Prince may offer technical knowledge of the political machine, but the Little Prince gives us wisdom of human interactions. By offering an alternative, rather more premodern, view of the social urge, the Little Prince alerts us to the existence of a whole realm of human and political behavior mostly ignored by modern political thought."
"Russia continues to baffle us. Her fragility is evident according to most metrics: a population in decline and in poor health, an economy unable to produce exportable goods and reliant on natural resources, and a political system propped by kleptocratic autocracy and propaganda."
"Whether Russia’s assessment of the West is correct or precise is irrelevant. Perception is reality and Russia’s perspective drives its march westward. Regardless of the specific Western response ranging from sanctions to repositioning of military assets, it is in everybody’s interest to alter Russia’s assessment of our weakness, decadence, and division."
Last Thursday, the Alexander Hamilton Society St. Lawrence University Chapter hosted a debate on the Sochi Olympics that was featured on three different news sites.
The February 20th debate, which drew nearly 80 students, was featured on the websites of both St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University, as well as in the local newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times.
The Sochi Olympics debate featured AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel (Johns Hopkins, SAIS) and two local speakers, St. Lawrence University professor Howard Eissenstat and Clarkson University professor Gasper Sekelj.
In a corrupt polity, speech is at the service of power, and is replaced by flattery, the use of words to obtain something from the other. Words are thus tools of power, not of dialogue and conversation, as they assume the meaning most useful at the moment and to the nature of the transaction at hand. They are no longer directed toward truth, but toward a preferred outcome."