Why NATO Expansion is NOT Responsible for Putin’s War

Jakub Ferencik
4 min readJul 18, 2022

John Mearsheimer’s famous talk, viewed more than 27 million times on YouTube, has promoted the idea that the West is principally responsible for Putin’s war in Ukraine.

The talk has been quoted by public intellectuals like Jordan Peterson and has even been promoted by The Economist.

We are all, at least vaguely, familiar with the concept because Vladimir Putin used similar reasoning to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

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Jakub Ferencik

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