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Outsourced Diplomacy: The Obama Administration and the Ukraine Crisis

  • Deborah Welch Larson
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Abstract

The Obama administration was not involved in the EU’s negotiations of an Association Agreement with Ukraine, which Russian president Putin perceived as infringing on Russia’s sphere of influence. In response to the Russian takeover of Crimea, the Obama administration led the EU in imposing sanctions and isolating Russia. But the United States, viewing the crisis as a largely European problem, outsourced diplomatic responsibility for working out a solution to the prolonged conflict in eastern Ukraine to the EU, particularly Germany.

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  • Deborah Welch Larson
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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