European stability and prosperity are best served by a Ukraine that is democratic, secure in its borders, and integrated into both European and Euro-Atlantic institutions; the United States must therefore persist in its efforts to assist Ukraine on the path of democratic reforms that it has chosen for itself.
This article focuses on the changing security dynamics in Central Europe and the Western periphery of the post-Soviet space. Section I examines Russia’s resurgence and the challenges it poses. Section II focuses on Ukraine’s transition while section III discusses the impact on Central and Eastern Europe. Section IV analyzes the changing context of NATO enlargement. The final section discusses the implications of these trends for US policy.