Pseudo-academic writings on the outcome of the Russia-Ukraine War

Gilbert Doctorow

In this essay, I offer a short critique of the article by Anatol Lieven newly published in Responsible Statecraft entitled “Where the war in Ukraine could be headed in 2023.”

There are many articles on this subject appearing in Western media as we enter the new calendar year. I single out Lieven because he brings to the subject a certain expertise in Russian affairs, impressive academic credentials earned at respected institutions of higher education and a reasonably long period of service as a professor. In a word, what we have here is an apparently academic contribution to the discussion presented by an apparently academic minded publisher.

However, let the buyer beware. What I see here in reality is pseudo-academic writing in a pseudo-academic think tank environment.

The author offers three scenarios for the conclusion of the war this year, namely by Ukrainian victory, by Russian victory and by stalemate. So…

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