Zbigniew Brzezinski’s perspective on the geostrategic and geopolitical importance of Ukraine

Geostrategiczne i geopolityczne znaczenie Ukrainy – perspektywa Zbigniewa Brzezińskiego

Tomasz Olejarz

ORCID: Tomasz Olejarz: 0000-0003-3805-4461

Pages: 59-73

Edition: Lublin 2023

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2023.1.4

Citation method: T. Olejarz, Zbigniew Brzezinski’s perspective on the geostrategic and geopolitical importance of Ukraine, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 21 (2023), z. 1, s. 59-73,
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2023.1.4

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Abstract: The aim of this article was to portray the complexity of the crisis/war in Ukraine, an event that has shaken Europe more than any other since World War II. The complexity of the crisis could be located in the involvement of external powers (Russia, US, NATO, EU, Turkey, etc.). Zbigniew Brzezinski throws light on the geopolitical significance of Ukraine in the context of the tendency of great powers to secure dominance in Eurasia. Brzezinski assigned Ukraine as a “pivotal” figure on the “Eurasian chessboard” due to its vital geostrategic position, major resources, access to the Black Sea, and importance for Russian strategic interests. In terms of a realist perspective and geopolitical thoughts, Brzezinski’s writings still represent a valuable asset in the analysis of the current crisis in Ukraine.


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