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Departures Podcast with Onur Öymen

Over the past several years, Turkey’s relations with both the European Union and the United States have come under strain by factors both internal and external. The complexities of these relationships, in addition to the management of tensions with Russia and the Middle East on numerous fronts are not often clearly understood, even by well […]

Departures Podcast with Elizabeth Thompson

Following the World War I breakup of the Ottoman Empire, Prince Faisal came into Damascus to declare his determination to build a constitutional democracy which would serve as the primary building block of a new sovereign state with guaranteed rights for a pluralistic population. Secular modernizers and Islamic reformers created groundbreaking new alliances which could […]

How did US-Turkey relations fall apart?

On May 16, 2013, Barack Obama, whose second term as president had begun a few months earlier, met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was then prime minister. Calling each other “friends” and complimenting each other’s families during a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, they were looking at the […]

Departures Podcast with Paul Jankowski

A favorite historical hypothetical question we often hear tossed around is what should the world have done differently to halt the rise of Nazi Germany and prevent World War II from taking place. But the truth is, the number of signals and signs of this approaching threat were numerous and often rather clear, and so […]

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