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Departures Podcast with Talia Lavin

While the Internet has given us a lot of good things, from comprehensive consumer choices to powerful movements to hold the powerful accountable, it also has its darker corners where hatred is thriving, where acts of terrible violence in the real world are inspired. As a Jewish writer who had often been targeted by anti-Semitic […]

How the Syrian War Became the Gravest Mistake of Our Era

When the Kwantung Army of Japan invaded Manchuria crushing Chinese forces in 1931, the world did nothing. It was the first sign of the ineffectiveness of the League of Nations as a force to preserve peace. Then, in 1937, Japan started to invade China capturing city after city. When Nanking fell, they killed hundreds of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – November 24, 2020

Today in Russia: “Look, Blinken!” Kommersant looks at Biden’s foreign policy team; Putin’s not going anywhere; The “most critical” regions with COVID-19; Russia sets yet another daily death record; Space chief Rogozin’s thin skin; Russian peacekeeper injured in Nagorno-Karabakh

Departures Podcast with Erica De Bruin

This week we are pleased to welcome to the podcast Erica De Bruin, an Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College and the author of the new book, “How to Prevent Coups d’État: Counterbalancing and Regime Survival.” At the time of this conversation with Robert Amsterdam, the Michigan Republican Party board of electors had refused […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – November 19, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia’s big new role in the Caucasus: Risks, early signs of trouble, and Putin’s big Q+A; Russia to build Sudan naval base; Another governor arrested; Putin’s immunity for life

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 […]