So as to not be redundant, I’ll refer you to the affiliate link for the video I’m talking about. I do want to point out that John Mearsheimer comes across as a bit of a snot. Meaning that, if he’s actually going to say that Ukraine should be a neutral buffer state, he’s basically tossing what Ukrainians want, right out the window.
So Steven Pifer is right to say that that:
1. We’re speaking about the area in a Western context and
2. Influence in the region (Mearsheimer’s neutral/buffer zone) is a very 19th century idea.