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Has Putin's Invasion Changed the World Order?

| Mar. 01, 2022

Is Russia's invasion of Ukraine 'a turning point in history'? Does it spell the end of the American era, and the beginning of a new Cold War between the West and a Russo-Chinese axis of authoritarians?

Some invoke the image of 1939. After assuring the world that he was interested only in protecting his fellow Germans in the Sudetenland, Adolf Hitler annexed the rest of Czechoslovakia and then invaded Poland, setting off world war two. Are the Russians in the Donbass the modern equivalents of the Sudeten Germans? Where will Putin stop? Others draw an analogy to 1948 and Stalin’s drawing of an Iron Curtain across Eastern Europe, followed by the Sino-Soviet axis in Asia after the Communists took over China in 1949.

But these analogies fail because of two crucial changes in world politics since then....

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For Academic Citation: Nye, Joseph S. Jr.“Has Putin's Invasion Changed the World Order?.” The Spectator, March 1, 2022.