Update on Ukraine, With Richard Haass

In this special episode, Why It Matters follows up with CFR President Richard Haass to hear his insights on the war in Ukraine.

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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Podcast Host and Producer
Episode Guests
  • Richard Haass
    President, Council on Foreign Relations

Show Notes

The war in Ukraine continues to rattle the world. As the conflict drags on, the West faces serious questions about how to proceed. Why It Matters Host Gabrielle Sierra sits down with CFR President Richard Haass to discuss the current situation and the global repercussions, including alleged Russian war crimes, the refugee crisis, and the energy debate.


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From Richard Haass


What Does the West Want in Ukraine?,” Foreign Affairs


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Jonathan Masters, “Ukraine: Conflict at the Crossroads of Europe and Russia” 


David J. Scheffer, “Can Russia Be Held Accountable for War Crimes in Ukraine?” 


War in the Digital Age, With Audrey Kurth Cronin,” The President’s Inbox 


Kali Robinson, “How Russia’s War in Ukraine Could Amplify Food Insecurity in the Mideast


Elliott Abrams and Gideon Weiss, “Why Israel Has Been Slow to Support Ukraine


Perspective on Ukraine, With Richard Haass,” Why It Matters


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Charles A. Kupchan, “Putin’s War in Ukraine Is a Watershed. Time for America to Get Real.,” New York Times


Kate Conger, “Ukraine Says It Thwarted a Sophisticated Russian Cyberattack on Its Power Grid,” New York Times


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Claire Felter and Thamine Nayeem, “Is Russia Committing War Crimes in Ukraine?


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