To End Putin’s War, Offer Both Ukraine and Russia EU Membership

Seth Barrett Tillman, ‘To End Putin’s War, Offer Both Ukraine and Russia EU Membership,’ NEWSWEEK (Oct. 25, 2022, 4:32 PM EDT)

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Seth Barrett Tillman

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 25, 2022

Abstract

Russians opposed to Putin have no place to go. Opposing Putin during a hot war makes members of the Russian opposition adverse to their troops in the field and, therefore, it exposes them to charges of disloyalty, if not worse.

Likewise, Putin has no place to go. If he loses the war and fails to take and hold Ukrainian territory, he will lose power. And those who take power out of his hands might not intend or want a peaceful transfer of power. In these circumstances, Putin has little to lose and everything to gain by extending the war, risking escalation, and, indeed, using tactical nuclear weapons. Such an escalation might cause his own death, as it may cause millions of other deaths. But Putin may not be like you and me. He may draw comfort from pulling down everyone else’s home if his own political future is in the process of being destroyed.

What is to be done?

Suggested Citation

Tillman, Seth Barrett, To End Putin’s War, Offer Both Ukraine and Russia EU Membership (October 25, 2022). Seth Barrett Tillman, ‘To End Putin’s War, Offer Both Ukraine and Russia EU Membership,’ NEWSWEEK (Oct. 25, 2022, 4:32 PM EDT), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4258072

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