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Departures Podcast with Philip Gordon

For the past 70 years, the United States has toyed with interventionism in the Middle East on numerous occasions, from Iran to Afghanistan (twice), Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, among others. And yet, despite the consistently disastrous consequences of these efforts, the same policies continue to attract support, as US decision-makers consistently underestimate the costs […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – November 17, 2020

Today in Russia: Mutating coronavirus found in Siberia; US passes Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act; Daily record of COVID-19 deaths; Freeze-dried virus; “Sitting out is not an option:” Russian bank chiefs on dealing with COVID-19; Moldova’s first female president; Navalny sues Peskov

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – November 16, 2020

Today in Russia: Yet another new daily COVID-19 record; Pashinyan says he is responsible for the outcome in Nagorno-Karabakh, but also says military should quell protesters; Azerbaijan extends Armenia pull-out deadline outlined in ceasefire agreement as 18 more planes of Russian peacekeepers arrive; Moldova elections: Between East and West; Obama re Putin: “Physically unremarkable”; Kommersant on Trump’s frivolous election legal battles; Echoes of Khabarovsk: “Tomsk may be next to explode” as mayor’s arrest already sees local push-back

Departures Podcast with Heidi Tworek

Having gone through the tumultuous experience of this past election in the United States, with provocative propaganda, disinformation, fake news, and pervasive and extreme distrust, many feel like we’re experiencing an unprecedented moment. But arguably, we’ve been here before. This week we are joined by Prof. Heidi Tworek, author of “News from Germany: The Competition […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – November 12, 2020

Today in Russia: Michael Calvey released from house arrest; Russia says its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine 92 percent effective; Russian military launches investigation into downing of helicopter in Armenia; Sberbank’s new challenge: Mail.ru squabbles; Russia says sanctions against Germany and France over Navalny are coming; Ingushetia region on brink of bankruptcy

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – November 10, 2020

Today in Russia: Karabakh fighting may be coming to an end with new agreement, Russian peacekeepers en-route to the region; Baku’s mea culpa; No congrats (yet) for Biden; Russian election watching; Nearly 21,000 more cases of COVID-19; “Rapid ministers” as new Duma processes enacted in line with constitutional amendments