Roman Skaskiw

Roman Skaskiw served six years an infantry officer which included combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division, and another deployment to Afghanistan with the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team.  He has lived in Ukraine since 2012. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times' Homefires blog, the Daily Beast, Stanford Magazine, the Des Moines Register, in Fire and Forget and Home of the Brave -- anthologies of military fiction, and elsewhere.  He has appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation, the John Batchelor Show, Iowa Public Radio, and elsewhere.

With varying degrees of urgency, history often returns to the question of whether Russia is Europe.

The long term viability of Russian autocracy is more threatened by the standard of living in Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland, than by any foreign military.