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Can Washington pivot from its maximalist aims in Ukraine?


Biden may have to shift to a plan B, but can he do it after insisting the freedom of the global world order is at stake?

By Branko Marcetic

Before the summer, we had the broad outline of what the endgame of the war in Ukraine would look like: Kyiv would train and build up its forces, launch a summer offensive, reclaim as much territory as it could, and finally enter peace talks with the strongest negotiating hand possible and bring the war to a close.

Ukraine’s offensive is stalling and the West owns a portion of the blame



After two months, Ukraine’s counteroffensive is not achieving the level of success Western observers expected. This reflects less of Kyiv’s performance and more of the failure of expectation management by Western political leaders and policymakers. 

What is needed now is not a defeatist attitude, but a more sober reflection on the objectives of Ukraine’s counteroffensive, the analytical shortcomings of the definition of success and a determination of what comes next.