History rhymes, and 20th century history may offer us insights into the effect that the invasion of Ukraine will have on Russia.
The Japanese, however, were newly industrialised, eager to form their own empire, and fighting a lot closer to home.
Meanwhile, significantly more Russian soldiers have now died in a year and a half in Ukraine than died in a decade in Afghanistan.
European energy, once dependent on Russia, has radically pivoted to other sources, and is unlikely to return to Moscow’s client lists.
Namely, both the military and the people need to join together against the government and with the same goal.
We are unlikely to see Ukrainian tanks in Red Square, but the importance of stopping Russia cannot be understated.
Eamon Driscoll is a graduate of the University of Illinois and postgraduate of Geopolitics, Territory and Security at King’s College, London. »