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Departures Podcast with Jack Devine, author of ‘Spymaster’s Prism: The Fight against Russian Aggression’

As competition in the field of cyberwarfare heats up between Russia and the United States, there are few other experts with more experience working inside the Central Intelligence Agency than Jack Devine. For 32 years Devine worked as a US spymaster, serving as Acting Director and Associate Director of CIA’s operations outside the United States […]

Departures Podcast with Gregory Afinogenov, author of ‘Spies and Scholars’

Imagine you are trapped in a far-flung foreign compound with 10 other people, none of them want to be there, but you have a seemingly limitless supply of alcohol. Oh, and you are charged with developing critical intelligence and knowledge for Imperial Russia’s ambitions to gain global power. That’s among the many fascinating stories in […]

Departures Podcast with Timothy Frye

For decades, academics and journalists have struggled to explain Russia by attempting to better explain Vladimir Putin, endlessly debating his background, his personal character, and his thinking. Many of them argue that his personal power is at the heart of decision-making, that his will alone drives events. And we couldn’t be more wrong. Timothy Frye, […]

Departures Podcast with Edward Schatz

Often overlooked, the nations of Central Asia represent a highly important geostrategic region of the world with abundant mineral and energy wealth – and yet, US diplomatic efforts in these countries are way behind the larger neighbors of Russia and China. Part of this lack of engagement has to do with how America – at […]

Departures Podcast with James Ryan and Susan Grant

It is easy to get very comfortable with our surface-level understanding of sweeping historical events. Most of the time it is generally consistent with the facts, except when it isn’t. When it comes to how we regard the notorious regime of Josef Stalin and this particular period of Russian history, there are more than a […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast- January 19, 2020

Today in Russia: Navalny sentenced to thirty days imprisonment – could it “derail his movement?”; Russian police officer suspected of leaking data of FSB officers accused of poisoning Navalny; Yulia Navalnaya; Sanctions?; Gazprom warns of possible Nord Stream 2 suspension

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast- January 18, 2020

Today in Russia: Navalny. In Russia news this weekend, there is one story dominating global headlines: Alexei Navalny. The opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger who survived a poisoning attempt made his way back to Moscow from Berlin on Sunday after announcing publicly his plan to return on Friday, where he has been recovering from the […]

If no one reports a massacre somewhere on earth, has it still happened?

“If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?” Philosopher George Berkeley asked this question while he was looking for answers to the notion that perception creates our reality. “Sound” is used to describe a physical phenomenon, an audible wave of pressure; but it is also an […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – December 7, 2020

Today in Russia: Dutch ruling on Yukos: What does it mean for Russian overseas assets? Health Minister calls for regional travel restrictions; More protests in Belarus; Nord Stream 2: US threats continue, Russia will do “everything” in its power to defend its interests; What’s Russia up to in Afghanistan?; Want a US visa, Mr/Ms Kuril Islands resident? You’re Japanese-born now; Netherlands next in line for double tax agreement scrutiny

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – December 1, 2020

Today in Russia: Navalny being investigated for “extremism” – or maybe not?; More protests and arrests in Belarus; A Wikipedia fake quote tars Biden’s SecState pick in Russia; $500 million windfall for Russian oligarchs; Investigation of businessman for embezzling $13 million on Putin’s mansion; Kommersant: Central Bank to “completely change” licensing structure for financial institutions; Aliyev says Nakhchivan corridor is priority issue for Baku