War

Surveillance Valley

Guest: Yasha Levine on Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet published by Public Affairs Books.

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Russia, Israel, Iran and Syria

GuestMaxim Suchkov, editor of Al-Monitor’s Russia-Mideast coverage, on Russia, Israel, Iran and Syria.

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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.

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