How Ukraine is defending us all from Putin
Timothy Snyder is one of the foremost East Europe and Russia historians and geopolitical thinkers. This interview is with Britain’s Channel 4. The war has revealed President Putin as an ideologist, not a rational strategist. He is rebuilding an empire, a grand idea of Russia which he is determined realise. He will wound and bully people into accepting his form of reality, so it is imperative that he is defied, according to Snyder’s clear narrative.
The west’s very existence is a threat to Putin’s ideas. If he wins in Ukraine it sets up a template for further invasions based upon similar lies… Let Prof Snyder explain.
Timothy David Snyder (born August 18, 1969) is an American author and historian specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust. He is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He has written several books, including the best-sellers Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.
Snyder is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.