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Hendrickson Criticizes Western Media and U.S. Government in Ukraine Crisis

Hendrickson Criticizes Western Media and U.S. Government in Ukraine Crisis

Colorado College Political Science Professor David Hendrickson has published an article titled “The West’s Illusions About Ukraine” in The National Interest noting that the new government installed last month in Ukraine includes eight figures associated with Ukraine’s far right.

“The positions they have filled are not insignificant,” Hendrickson writes. “They include deputy prime minister, chief prosecutor, defense minister, and head of the national-security council, portfolios where the coercive power of the state resides.”

In the article, Hendrickson argues that the composition of the government, though unreported in the West, stirred Russian fears and probably played a role in the mobilization of their forces and actions in Crimea. He points out that the Ukrainian revolution did not observe a basic standard of modern democracy, which is that the transfer of power takes place through elections. He questions the representative character of a government brought to power by the voices of one region in a diverse, multi-ethnic country. He criticizes the State Department’s position on the Ukraine issue, commends Henry Kissinger’s more moderate approach, and argues for a concerted effort by outside powers to resolve the crisis.

Hendrickson joined the Colorado College faculty in 1983 and teaches courses in American foreign policy and international relations. He is the author of seven books, including “Union, Nation, or Empire: The American Debate over International Relations,” and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy.