Guest: Yasha Levine on Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet published by Public Affairs Books.
My thoughts on Keith Gessen’s “The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio” as an opening salvo in the need to deconstruct the discourses of the “Russia Hand.”
I wrote a review of Alexander Etkind’s Roads Not Taken: An Intellectual Biography of William C. Bullitt and Michael McFaul’s From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia for Bookforum. Unfortunately, the review is behind the dreaded paywall. So here’s the pdf.
Guest: Michael Kofman on the Russian military.
Guest: Grace Kennan Warnecke on growing up in George F. Kennan’s shadow.
Guest: Joshua Rubenstein on The Last Days of Stalin.
Guest: Gerard Toal on Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest Over Ukraine and the Caucasus.
Guest: Constantine Pleshakov on The Crimean Nexus: Putin’s War and the Clash of Civilizations.
My talk at the Kennan on the history of russophobia.
Guest: Masha Lipman on the current state of Russian politics.