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Michael Kimmage is a professor of history at the Catholic University of America. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio.

He is the author of two books on American history and culture, and he has published articles and essays on the transatlantic relationship, on U.S.–Russian relations, and on international affairs in The New Republic, The New York Times, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In addition to Catholic University, Professor Kimmage has also taught at the Free University of Berlin, the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, and the University of Vilnius.

Media Mentions

Finland’s joining NATO would shake up the security order in Europe, both for NATO and for Russia. It's a very, very long border, and of course it brings NATO very close to — or will bring NATO if it all goes through — very close to St. Petersburg. And at the same time, it will give NATO a lot more territory right on the Russian border to defend. So those are big steps. Those are big changes.
I don't think people are in the mood to compromise, especially with Russia brutalizing Ukrainian populations. It's a hail Mary and people could vote against some kind of extreme compromise [that would end the war], but it's the only way it could be done.
It's clear if you read between the lines that Ukraine will never be a part of NATO. That's a concession on paper, it's not a concession in reality.
From the American side in particular, any concession that Putin would make, anything that he would put his name to, is going to be regarded with a lot of mistrust. He's not a trustworthy man.
It's remarkable to see a really good relationship between [Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping], but it can not be taken for granted. It is about understanding and regulating Europe and the United States. It is clear that countries like Russia and China have a clear agreement on what they want to play a very important role and are working for this common goal.
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