John Mearsheimer’s Critique of US Policy in Ukraine

John Mearsheimer …. “Why is Ukraine the West’s Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer” … speaking in 2015

UnCommon Core: The Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine Crisis ………………………………… John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science and Co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, assesses the causes of the present Ukraine crisis, the best way to end it, and its consequences for all of the main actors. A key assumption is that in order to come up with the optimum plan for ending the crisis, it is essential to know what caused the crisis. Regarding the all-important question of causes, the key issue is whether Russia or the West bears primary responsibility.

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Amazing explanation……..simple and clear.


It is refreshing to know we still have a few political science scholars, who are able to look deep into US-Russia relations and are willing to say things so different from what we keep hearing from the talking heads on our major networks TV and our politicians, void of intelligent foresight.



Pete F.
I would never have watched this video when it first came out, but now that events are getting serious, I am so thankful I found this because now it makes sense why things are happening the way they are, and where we are headed, and it scares me because I feel there’s nothing I personally can do about it.



Marcin Gajda
Truly American approach. Talking about “making” other countries into something without considering their interests and opinions.



Stuart Platt
Love this speech and thank god he has the freedom to speak openly and sometimes even negatively about his own country. He definitely changed my mind about this conflict.



the deeliciousplum
Recently stumbled upon this talk. Prof John J. Mearsheimer’s thoughts on Ukraine, on the West, and on the East are as relevant now as they were when this talk was given. A valuable and enlightening talk. Thank you for sharing this.



Crazy Guy
I am Ukrainian myself and it is truly sad of how my country struggles to clean itself up. Just leave it alone. we need time to build up.



Garrus Vakarian
I do love his explanation of core strategic interests versus economic interests, and of the balance of resolve. As this guy says “we don’t actually care that much about Ukraine, but the Russians really care”.



What a wonderful lecture! It is a shame that mainstream media does not give more publicity to such intelligent, rational perspectives instead of emphasizing what Prof. Mearsheimer calls the ‘conventional wisdom’ and its shallow sensationalism (and that statement fully applies to my country – France – as well).



Kathleen Wade
I so wish this man had more influence on the American government. This was very worth watching. He is an exceptionally talented lecturer.



A. Michael Uhlmann
Not only where his predictions about Ukraine right on the spot (six years ago), but in some extra remarks, he mentioned that it would be really bad if Russia and China would cooperate again – and yes these two nations found each other again, Russia helping China advancing it’s Belt & Road policy.



Kathi Alfsen
I just came across this prescient video from 6 and 1/2 years ago. It is amazing that we’re still having the same conversation and still making the same mistakes. Thank you Professor Mearsheimer. United States is a wonderful country, but we surely suck at trying to export liberal democracy and capitalism.



Elle Ren
Thank you, excellent presentation! I am watching this video on February 5, 2022, 8 years after the fact. The history and present conditions, all make sense of what is happening in Ukraine, Russia, Europe and the United States. In addition, John made a statement that he gave China 10 to 15 years before we would say problems he’s right on target

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Lemon Party
Six years later and what this man has been saying has come to pass, such as the US/Nato influence in Ukraine and the China threat. The truth of what he says is obvious even to a layman like myself.



George P
I wasn’t watching but listened with my headphones while working around the house. When I saw it was the article was published in 2015 I couldn’t believe it. I had the feeling it was posted if not yesterday, then not more a month ago. This man is a genius! Period.



37:58 What should be done 39:50 Consequences 44:02 Ukraine 1:07:20 Germany



Stephen Carroll
Excellent lecture. The world never needs war, let alone another one.



Joanna K
Well thank you so much! This was amazing, something has not sat right with me when it came to the issue of Ukraine and I’m so glad I came across this video has really helped me to understand and confirm in my heart what I’ve been sensing and feeling this whole time.



Shoumojit Banerjee
An effortlessly brilliant exposition by the Dean of International Relations! Mr. Mearsheimer, whose ‘Tragedy of Great Power Politics’ and the ‘Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy’ are masterworks (and must-reads), is one of the splendidly provocative IR theorists at work, whose books force you to think hard.



Алексей Косарчук
It is very interesting to watch in 2022, knowing how events played out.



Chris Redding
As many below have said: You have to keep reminding yourself that this lecture happened over six years ago.



Very interesting lecture. I’ve never heard of John Mearsheimer before this. Sounds like a wise man here. I wonder if he’d still be saying these same things now? I’d like to hear him now. He’s only 74 and I’m sure still with it enough for at least a discussion. Love to hear from him now.



Robert Finn
Prophetic! Thank you so much for such a clear, informative and insightful talk. I learnt a lot from it.



Lee Lee
What an absolutely insightful and fascinating video. Very relevant to the current crisis in Ukraine



Eamon Brennan
It’s extraordinary how (at the time of the gulf war) it was repeatedly stated that this conflict was NOT ABOUT OIL. But 20 years later an academic can casually drop the fact that it was all about oil into a lecture.



Ann Mowatt
Brilliant talk. Wonderful to hear someone not only speaking sense but doing it so clearly. Thank you.



If you review lectures by other eminents, one frequently encounters contradictions after a period of say 5 years. But this Professor is consistent in his remarks with regards to events unfolding. I find him to be relatively intellectually honest as well, a rare trait in these times.



William Nhamo
‘Conventional wisdom’ is the easiest way to obtain information and it surely misleads. One really needs to understand issues on a fundamental level before simply believing ‘conventional wisdom’ Great lecture Prof John J. Mearsheimer!



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2 responses to “John Mearsheimer’s Critique of US Policy in Ukraine

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  2. Brigadier (Rtd) Ranjan de Silva

    An independent sovereign state has the right to choose her friends. A state displeased by that choice does NOT have the right to resort to military force on that country. This is the rule that governed international order since World War II. Russia has violated that rule by invading Ukraine.If global opinion supports Russia’s action in Ukraine,then a new precedent will be created endangering the sovereignty and independence of nations unable to match the militarily strength of the displeased country. Sri Lanka is a good example. If India is unhappy with Sri Lanka getting too close to China, she could one day give Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a precedent. The global apple cart will be upset and militarism will rise again. Global opinion must nip this danger in the bud.

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