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Departures Podcast with Jon Grinspan, author of ‘The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915’

“100 billion people have lived on planet earth since our species evolved, and for all our archives, all our libraries, and all our museums, we have only the tiniest little sliver of any record of who these people were and what their lives were like,” says Jon Grinspan in his conversation with Robert Amsterdam. “So […]

Departures Podcast with Mark Galeotti, author of ‘The Weaponisation of Everything’

As tensions continue to rage between Russia and the West over its build-up on the Ukrainian border, Departures turns to expert Mark Galeotti for his analysis on the situation and a discussion of his brand new book, “The Weaponisation of Everything: A Field Guide to the New Way of War.” Galeotti, who has spent years […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – January 28, 2022

Today in Russia/CIS: Germany’s ‘immoral and hypocritical’ relationship with Russia; On second thought, we don’t want war but if it happens it ain’t our fault; Georgia’s fate is linked to Ukraine’s; Major power blackout in Central Asia; Tokayev takes control of ruling party in Kazakhstan; Russian banks post record profits for 2021; Is France charting its own foreign policy with Russia?

Departures Podcast with Margarita Balmaceda

Throughout the most recent intensifying conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine, there is a common assumption that the Russian leadership is wielding its “energy weapon” to break apart European unity and advance its interests. While that may be partly true, it would be a huge mistake to assume that such a vast industrial […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – January 27, 2022

Today in Russia/CIS: Russia sees ‘little cause for optimism’ as US releases formal response to Russian demands; US is ‘prepared either way’; Sanctions in the event of war would be crippling, according to US official; Even the thought of war is inadmissible, Kremlin claims; China says Russia’s “legitimate security concerns” should be taken seriously by Washington

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – January 25, 2022

Today in Russia/CIS: EU diplomats to stay in Ukraine; EU maintains unity vis-a-vis Russia, but barely; Russia’s business elite ‘suffers in silence’; Ruble and markets in freefall; US promises even more painful sanctions; Ministry of Finance opposes ban on cryptocurrency proposed by Central Bank; Russian media reports Croatia would “recall all troops” from NATO in case of conflict with Ukraine; Kadyrov, big spender