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Ukraine’s reconstruction and ‘sovereign’ Europe

The The Heritage Foundation publishes a report on the reconstruction of Ukraine by Max Primorac.

In the summary: The United States has a strategic national interest in seeing Ukraine transform itself into a strong economic barrier to future Russian imperialist threats to Europe and efforts by Communist China to exploit Ukraine’s current situation. The wealth generated from transition would help to finance Ukraine’s defence. Its westward integration, anchored by its Eastern European neighbours, would align with U.S. demands that Europe spend more on its defence; deter future Russian belligerence; and, most importantly, help Europe to become a more robust strategic partner against Beijing’s machinations.

The ‘beyond’ of the war in Ukraine must be analysed in complex terms: what Primorac envisages responds to a ‘linearly unilateral’ logic, to be problematised.

In the ongoing global recomposition of power relations, critical and complex thinking can help open up new and, above all, politically sustainable perspectives. The one highlighted here is ‘cold war’.

It is necessary to look at the reconstruction of Ukraine not only in terms of opposition to Russia and China. Europe’s security scenarios, autonomous within the transatlantic framework, can only include future Russia and cannot break away from China. This is desirable both economically for Europe and from the point of view of the ‘political sustainability’ of planetary security.

We must not make the historical mistake of further exacerbating the separations.  Europe must not make the mistake of flattening itself on positions that, once again, would not allow it to become a ‘strategic player’ on the international stage. Certainly, we need new ruling classes that grasp the decisive value of political Europe in a glocal framework: the European region, ‘critically atlantic’ and not separated from Eurasia and in continuous dialogue with China, is formed within and beyond the national interests that make it up. A ‘sovereign’ Europe is increasingly necessary.