Gregory Dubinsky argues that Washington's strategic confusion on the logic of NATO expansion to Georgia and Ukraine split the alliance, undermined democratic reforms abroad, and helped bring out the worst in Moscow's relations with the West. Washington should convince skeptics of its sincerity on the importance of democratic reforms by setting stringent political standards for potential members. If it does so, Washington will regain credibility among NATO allies and advance stability and security in the region.

Click here to see the full article on the Transitions Online website.