With Vladimir Putin annexing Crimea, inciting violence in Eastern Ukraine, and threatening his neighbor with a massive military buildup, an oft-repeated refrain has reemerged in Western academia: It’s our fault for expanding NATO.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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You can breathe easy. That rumor was inaccurate. 

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It is the propaganda of the postwar period, much more than the experience of the war itself, that counts in the memory of Ukrainian politics of today—and that will affect the country's fate.

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When other countries are invaded, they fight back. So why isn't Ukraine?

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They were never great to begin with. Now, tensions over Ukraine are making it worse.

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Russian jokes will defeat American earnestness every time.

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Eastern Ukrainians want stability more than anything. Putin is causing the opposite.

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Vladimir Putin should be given credit for strengthening Ukraine’s national identity—the very existence of which he has so persistently denied.

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A discomfiting photo gallery

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