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Episode 35

Nationalist 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 34

Religion, 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 33

Why Authoritarianism Is Impossible in Ukraine

Yuriy Matsiyevsky (Ostroh Academy National University) discusses the structural, societal and institutional impediments to the development of a consolidated authoritarian regime in Ukraine. 


Episode 32

Russia 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 31

The Geopolitics of De Facto States

Harris Mylonas (George Washington University) discusses how De-Facto states form and the geopolitical considerations that determine their survival in the international system. 

Harris Mylonas

Episode 30

The 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 29

Russia’s Positions in the Caucasus

Pavel Baev (PRIO) discusses Russia's foreign policy in the Caucasus and its potential responses to the 2018 Armenian "Velvet Revolution."

Pavel Baev

Episode 28

Russian 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 27

Triumph 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

Episode 26

Envisioning the Future of Chechnya

Mark Kramer (Harvard University) discusses the Russian-Chechen wars, the challenges of conducting research in Chechnya, and the political future of the region over the next ten years.

Mark Kramer


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