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Neoliberalism in Russia

Guest: Ilya Matveev, PhD student in Political Science at the European University at St Petersburg, Russia where he studies Russian political economy and neoliberalism in comparative perspective. He is an editor of the online platform Openleft.ru and a member of the Public Sociology Laboratory.

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Gulag Town, Company Town

Guest: Alan Barenberg, Associate Professor of History at Texas Tech University where he specializes in the social and economic history of the Soviet Union from the 1930s to the 1970s. He is the author of Gulag Town, Company Town: Forced Labor and its Legacy in Vorkuta.

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Interrogating the Power Vertical

Guest: Brian Whitmore, the Senior Correspondent in RFE/RL‘s Central Newsroom, covering European security, energy and military issues and domestic developments in Russia. He is longtime “Russia Watcher” and the author of the highly influential Power Vertical Blog and host of the Power Vertical Podcast. Before joining RFE/RL in 2007,...

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Russia, Syria, and the Jihadist Threat

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...

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Putin’s Middle East Maneuver

Guest: Talal Nezameddin, Dean of Student Affairs at the American University in Beirut and author of Russia and the Middle East: Towards a New Foreign Policy and most recently of Putin’s New Order in the Middle East.

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Black Sojourners in the Soviet Union

Guest: Joy Gleason Carew, Associate professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. She is author of Blacks, Reds, and Russians: Sojourners in Search of the Soviet Promise and most recently of “Black in the USSR: African Diasporan Pilgrims, Expatriates and Students in Russia, From the 1920s to...

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Ukraine’s Refugee Crisis

Guest: Brian Milakovsky, a volunteer with refugee aid organizations in Kiev, Kharkiv and the Donbas. Brian Milakovsky first traveled to Ukraine in 2009 with the Fulbright program, and for the past five years has worked in Russia as a forest ecologist. This year he returned to eastern Ukraine for three months...

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Questioning Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine

Guest: Michael Kofman, Public Policy Scholar at the Kennan Institute where he specializes in security and defense in Eurasia. His most recent publications are “How to Start a Proxy War with Russia” and with Matthew Rojansky, “A Closer look at Russia’s “Hybrid War.” Subscribe and rate on iTunes here or...

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The Memorialization of WWII in Russia

Guest: Elizabeth Wood, professor of history at MIT. She is the author of Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia and The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia. Her current work centers on the performance of power under Vladimir Putin in Russia today. Subscribe and rate...

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Russian Culture Under Putin and Ukraine’s Historical Memory Laws

Guests: Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. He is the author of Overkill: Sex Violence, and Russian Popular Culture after 1991 and blogs about Russia at All the Russias Blog. John-Paul Himka, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History & Classics at University...

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Post-Maidan Ukraine and Belarusian Nationalism

Guests: Sophie Pinkham, doctoral student in Columbia University’s Slavic department. Her recent articles include “Which Ukraine?” and “Watching the Ukrainian Oligarchs” both published in the New Yorker. Per Rudling, Associate Professor of the Department of History at Lund University in Sweden and author of The Rise and Fall of Belarusian Nationalism,...

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Islam Karimov’s Uzbekistan

Guest: Paul Stronski is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, where his research focuses on the relationship between Russia and neighboring countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. He is the author of Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, 1930-1966 and most recently “Uzbek Elections Preordained,...

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