Episode 36On the Eve of the Big Election Year in Ukraine: Winners Take a Toll?
Olexiy Haran (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) discusses the political views of the candidates and potential avenues for interference by Russia in the upcoming elections in Ukraine.
Episode 35Nationalist Radicalization Trends in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine
Volodymyr Ishchenko (Kiev Polytechnic Institute) challenges the assumption that Ukraine since EuroMaidan has become a more cohesive and united civic nation and discusses why nationalistic trends are intensifying in Ukraine.Volodymyr Ishchenko
Episode 34Religion, National Identity and Geopolitics: Kyiv And Moscow Clash Over the Constantinople Patriarchay’s Decision on Ukrainian Autocephaly
Volodymyr Kulyk (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) discusses the changes in ethnonational identities in Ukraine, the controversial new Ukrainian educational law, and Kyiv's effort to obtain autocephaly.Volodymyr Kulyk
Episode 32Russia and the "West's Rules": On the Cultural Aspects of Great Power Misconduct
Listen to Viatcheslav Morozov (University of Tartu) discuss the cultural aspects of great power misconduct and how Russia, when facing the hegemonic West, often behaves "like a trickster peasant trying to deceive a powerful landlord.Viatcheslav Morozov
Episode 30The State and The Body in Putin’s Russia
Sergei Medvedev (Higher School of Economics) discusses how the Russian regime uses biopolitics -- regulatory mechanisms for disciplining and constraining human bodies -- to forward its conservative agenda and maintain power.Sergei Medvedev
Episode 28Russian Extremism and the Forms of Ethnic Violence
Richard Arnold (Muskingum University) discusses ethnic violence and sporting mega-events in Russia. He is working on a book about the 2018 World Cup in Russia and is currently accepting submissions.PONARS Eurasia
Episode 27Triumph to Crisis: Neoliberal Economic Reform in Postcommunist Countries
Hilary Appel (Claremont Mckenna College) and Mitchell A. Orenstein (University of Pennsylvania) discuss their new book From Triumph to Crisis: Neoliberal Economic Reform in Postcommunist Countries.Hilary Appel