Reflections on the Performative Dimensions of the War in Ukraine

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Spring 2022


"The war in Ukraine is damningly situated between two imperialist forces – the US and Russia. And, of course, we must be suspicious of either country’s claims about what is happening on the ground in Ukraine. To me, as a critic of US foreign policy for decades, it is clear that the conflict in Ukraine is a US proxy war designed to bleed Russia, to embroil Russia in what we could consider as a ‘new Afghanistan.’ At the same time, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia is unequivocally an abhorrently imperialist criminal act. Ukraine is not a perfect democracy, but neither is it a neo-fascist state on the order of Russia."


This article was originally published in PESA Agora in spring 2022.


PESA Agora