Every day since Russia’s invasion, mainstream headlines have focused on each new arms shipment to Ukraine and the tactical details surrounding the daily fighting and suffering on the ground. This constant flow of information is valuable for tracking troop movements, recording battlefield gains and losses, and documenting any potential war crimes — in essence, helping us write the first draft of history.
Diplomatic efforts, in so much that they are happening, have largely taken a back seat to these splashy headlines. But it’s important to remember that diplomacy is also part of history, and more importantly, the key to ending this war. And in many ways, the U.S. and its partners have an outsized role to play in it.
Indeed, New York Times chief diplomatic correspondent Steven Erlanger noted just last week that a return to serious diplomacy is “more dependent on decisions made in Washington and Paris and Poland because of the support these countries are providing in weapons and diplomatically.” Calling the U.S. role “crucial,” Erlanger added that “[t]here is no question that it’s American leadership on the anti-Russia coalition.”