John Mearsheimer: “There is no evidence for Russian imperialism” — Why He’s Fundamentally Wrong

Jakub Ferencik
4 min readFeb 27, 2023

In a recent interview with CCP media, John Mearsheimer claimed that there’s “no evidence” of Russian imperialism (let alone, colonialism) in Ukraine. He instead claims that there is plenty of evidence for “NATO expansionism.”

Mearsheimer explains that Putin was “fearful” that the West would create Ukraine a type of satellite state, as the Warsaw Pact states were in the late-20th century in central-eastern Europe.

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Jakub Ferencik

Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views