American Grand Strategy, Realism, and the Russo-Ukraine War

July 3, 2023

Therefore the burden of helping Ukraine should shift to the Europeans. According to Colby they have not yet done enough ‘to both rearm themselves and arm Ukraine consistent with what strategic reality requires.’ One way to be sure they got the message was for Washington to be ‘clear and credible’ about its Pacific focus. If they don’t do the necessary, the US will not bail them out. The US could still provide some weapons – those that are ill-suited for a fight against China, largely old aircraft and some tanks and fighting vehicles that would otherwise be retired. And the more Europe takes responsibility for its own defense and Ukraine’s, the more the US can release capabilities held in the in the European theatre.

Die Zeit

Elbridge Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition.