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The conversation about Ukraine is cracking apart

By Stephen M. Walt

28 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

FP argues that what government officials are saying about the war is full of contradictions. In this in-depth essay, we discover where cracks are starting to show in various narratives.

I attended the Munich Security Conference for the first time this year, so I may be a member of Washington’s so-called Blob after all. I was grateful for the opportunity and enjoyed the experience, but I can’t say that I came away from it feeling better about the current state of the world.

The war in Ukraine dominated the proceedings, of course, and there were two important dividing lines in the collective conversation.

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