With the collapsing USSR in the late 1980s, I saw the increasing relevance of Europe to Ukraine.
I had taken all the required core curriculum courses at Columbia College. This nationally recognized core curriculum is extremely Euro-centric. Its origins stem from America’s involvement in Europe during both World Wars and the Marshall Plan. Columbia University’s faculty felt that its students as future American leaders should know what they were getting involved in when they participate in European affairs and wars.
The Columbia core curriculum in the late 1980s seemed to me to be very relevant to Ukraine. Ukraine’s western borders were no longer going to be lined with watchtowers and electrified fences.