War

Russia’s Long Hangover

Guest: Shaun Walker on The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past published by Oxford University Press.

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Assessing the Russian Military

Guest: Michael Kofman on the Russian military.

The Perils of Donbas Fatigue

Guest: Brian Milakovsky on the life in the Donbas.

The Origins of the Donbas War From Below

Guest: Serhiy Kudelia on the local dimensions of the Donbas war.

The Use and Abuse of Nagorno-Karabakh

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Guest:

Ryan McCarrel is a Ph.D. Candidate at University College Dublin’s School of Geography where he focuses on geopolitics, borders and world (dis)order. He’s written articles for Foreign Affairs, The Diplomat, Eurasia.net and blogs at the Accidental Geographer. His most recent article in Foreign Affairs is “The United Nations and Sexual Abuse: Why Peacekeeping Reform Has Failed.”

Music:

Midnight Movies, “Persimmon Tree,” Midnight Movies, 2004.

For good information on Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, Ryan McCarrel recommends the following:

What’s Going on in Ukraine?

Guest:

Balazs Jarabik is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focuses on Ukraine and Eastern Europe. His most recent article is “Reform and Resistance: Ukraine’s Selective State.”

Music:

Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean,” Thriller, 1982.

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The Ukrainian Left and the Maidan Protests

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Guest:

Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the deputy director of the Center for Social and Labor Research, a member of the editorial board of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism and the LeftEast web-magazine, and a lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. His is the author of the report The Ukrainian Left During and After the Maidan Protests.

Music: Public Enemy, “Welcome to the Terrordome,” Fear of a Black Planet, 1990.

Treating War Trauma in Ukraine

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Guest:

Roman Torgovitsky, Harvard-trained biomedical scientist, social entrepreneur and founder of the Wounded Warrior Ukraine project, an NGO seeking to provide psychological rehabilitative assistance to Ukrainians affected by the visible and invisible wounds of war. You can donate to the project here.

Music: Black Sabbath, “War Pigs,” Paranoid, 1970.

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Russia, Syria, and the Jihadist Threat

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Guest:

Gordon Hahn, analyst and Advisory Board Member at Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation and Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey. He is the author of several books, most recently of The ‘Caucasus Emirate’ Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond. You can read his current analysis on Russia at his blog Russian and Eurasian Politics.

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