Be Not Afraid: How Ukraine Determined Its Future, United the West, and Strengthened Global Democracy

By defeating Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion, Ukrainians determined that their future as a sovereign state is theirs alone to decide. In doing so, Ukraine galvanized the West to mount decisive sanctions and continuous military aid that have crippled Russia’s ability to wage wars of conquest, thereby enforcing international laws on self-determination. Ukraine’s resistance, the West’s unity, and Russia’s naked aggression have sharply elevated public support for the post-World War II order governed by international rules regarding self-determination, democracy, and human rights, and institutions like the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which place these principles in action. These groundbreaking precedents will protect the rights of vulnerable countries far beyond Europe’s borders.