Professor of Political Science David Ost examines the relationships between Russia, Ukraine, NATO and the political left in an essay in Foreign Policy in Focus.
In his essay, “Russia, Ukraine, NATO and the Left,” Professor of Political Science David Ost, an expert on Eastern European politics and society, discusses the reaction of the political left to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and where NATO figures into the conflict. The article appeared in March on the website, Foreign Policy in Focus, a “Think Tank Without Walls” project of the Institute for Policy Studies.
Ost’s reflections include an analysis of the rhetoric from the Left that has emerged since the war began, including the charges of “westsplaining” that east European leftists have leveled against their western counterparts.
Ost has written widely on Eastern European politics with a focus on political economy, democratization, capitalism and labor, and has traveled throughout the region, including about six months in Russia and several weeks in Ukraine. His books include Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics, Workers After Workers’ States, The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe; and the special 2015 issue of East European Politics and Societies titled “Class After Communism.” His articles have appeared in journals such as Politics and Society, Eastern European Politics and Society, Constellations, European Journal of Social Theory, Comparative Politics, Theory and Society, Perspectives on Politics, European Journal of Industrial Relations, The Nation, Dissent, Telos and Tikkun. He serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals in the U.S. and Poland. In 2005, former Polish President Lech Walesa presented Ost with a special medal issued for the 25th Anniversary of Solidarity.