JOINT Brief  nº. 13

The EU and the Ukraine War: Making Sense of the Rise of a “Geopolitical” Union

Publication date:
03/2022
Author:
Riccardo Alcaro, JOINT Coordinator and Research Coordinator and Head of Global Actors at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
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JOINT Brief nº. 13 (March 2022)

By ordering Russian armed forces into Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has arguably made the greatest blunder of his twenty-two-year long rule. The Russian president seems to have underestimated not just Ukraine’s capacity to resist the invasion, but also the resolve of the United States and its partners to oppose it. If that is indeed the case, the greatest surprise must have come from the European Union.