With Trump as President the US will focus on its internal problems, claims Ukrainian political scientist, this should allow Ukraine to start addressing its challenges with own resources.
Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential elections in the US is a chance for Ukraine to get rid of illusions and begin to solve its own problems. Otherwise, Ukraine country will not survive in the new geopolitical reality. Trump’s victory is the end of the America centered world established after the Soviet Union collapse. The US will focus on solving their internal problems and will address the problems of other countries to a lesser extent. “They will remain the leading country and not the hegemon who solves the issues of global world and international order,” stated Vadym Karasyov, director of the Institute of Global Strategy, at a briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
According to him, Ukraine should stop relying only on foreign aid and expect that external actors will solve its domestic problems. “Trump’s victory shows that Ukraine should solve its key issues such as national security and territorial integrity on its own. Obama-Biden’s “umbrella” will no longer be provided,” noted Mr. Karasyov.
He also believes that Trump’s presidency is not a disaster for Ukraine. However, it may become a disaster for some Ukrainian politicians. “The period when they could manipulate our western partners using the thesis that we are defending western world is over,” noted the director of the Institute of Global Strategy. “Either we will grow up and become strong, or we will use teenage mentality and remain subject to geopolitical agreements,” he concluded.
Vadym Karasyov suggested that the world is entering a phase when international and institutions will play a much smaller role. The same is true of international obligations.
“There will be powerful states with powerful armies and/or foreign policy instead of alliances. In any case, the power factor will return,” he noted.