• Ukraine: Where Are We Now, and What's At Stake

    18 GIU 2024 · As US assistance to Ukraine resumes after a long delay, Russian forces are making gains in northeastern Ukraine, and may be poised to expand their offensive push this summer. Will the resumption of US aid allow Ukraine to blunt this offensive, what is the likely trajectory of the war, and what does it mean to the US? To discuss these questions, retired Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, former Commander of US Army forces in Europe,  joins Bob Hamilton on Chain Reaction.
    32 min. 11 sec.
  • Dead, but not Forgotten: Commemoration in Medieval Livonia

    13 GIU 2024 · What did commemoration of the dead look like in Medieval Livonia and how did memoria shape group identities in the region? Dr. Gustavs Strenga shares insights into his research and parallels with modern-day memory wars.  Baltic Ways is a podcast brought to you by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, produced in partnership with the Baltic Initiative at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of AABS or FPRI. Explore more from the Baltic Intiativehttps://fpribalticinitiative.substack.com/
    28 min. 33 sec.
  • Kyrgyzstan Sinks Into Authoritarianism

    30 MAG 2024 · In the early 1990s, Kyrgyzstan was often referred to as an “island of democracy” in Central Asia.  Three distinguishing features of Kyrgyzstan include an active political opposition, a vibrant civil society, and independent media outlets.The current government is eliminating all three of those distinctions. On this episode of Report in Short, Aaron Schwartzbaum is joined by Bruce Pannier, a longtime journalist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and author FPRI’s new report https://www.fpri.org/article/2024/04/kyrgyzstan-central-asias-island-of-democracy-sinks-into-authoritarianism/to discuss how the country reversed course to join the club of authoritarian governments in the region.  https://fpri.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=939db365f03b923a073fac2c3&id=51733ea977
    14 min. 34 sec.
  • The F-Word: Is Russia Fascist?

    24 MAG 2024 · Russia has taken an increasingly authoritarian turn over the last decade, but is its political system fascist? Marlene Laruelle and Julian Waller join to discuss the blurry lines between politics, ideology, and terminology. https://bearmarketbrief.substack.com/
    34 min. 12 sec.
  • The Death Of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

    22 MAG 2024 · The death of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi this past weekend has prompted questions about the future of the Islamic Republic, the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in Iranian domestic politics, and succession race for Supreme Leader Khamenei. Afshon Ostovar, a FPRI Senior Fellow, joined FPRI President Aaron Stein to discuss the latest developments in Iran.
    26 min. 15 sec.
  • Russia Launches New Offensive in Ukraine

    15 MAG 2024 · Russia launched a new offensive near Kharkiv, amidst continuing questions about Ukraine’s ability to mobilize enough manpower to blunt Russian advantages. FPRI President Aaron Stein sat down with Senior Fellow Rob Lee to discuss the latest from the Russo-Ukrainian war.
    34 min. 11 sec.
  • Georgian Dream or Russian Nightmare?

    10 MAG 2024 · For weeks tens of thousands of Georgians have taken to the streets of Tbilisi and other cities to protest their government's attempt to pass a so called "foreign agents" law, which they claim is intended to neutralize civil society and destroy independent media. To discuss the implications of these events for Georgia and the West, Ian Kelly, who served as US Ambassador to Georgia from 2015-2018, joins host Bob Hamilton on Chain Reaction. This episode was recorded on May 7, 2024.  Related Reading: - https://www.fpri.org/article/2024/05/government-vs-the-people-in-georgia/ https://fpri.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=939db365f03b923a073fac2c3&id=8c3528114a
    37 min. 34 sec.
  • The Baltic States Mark Two Decades of NATO Membership

    7 MAG 2024 · This year, NATO marks its 75th anniversary, while the Baltic countries celebrate 20 years as members of the alliance. Dr. Lukas Milevski speaks about the history of that inclusion, and shares his thoughts about the future. Milevski is a tenured assistant professor at Leiden University, where he teaches strategic studies in the BA International Studies and MA International Relations programs. He has published widely on strategy, including two books with Oxford University Press: The Evolution of Modern Grand Strategic Thought (2016) and The West’s East: Contemporary Baltic Defense in Strategic Perspective (2018). https://fpribalticinitiative.substack.com/ Baltic Ways is a podcast brought to you by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, produced in partnership with the Baltic Initiative at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of AABS or FPRI.
    35 min. 1 sec.
  • No Nukes is Good Nukes

    18 APR 2024 · The Bear Market Brief goes nuclear! Andrey Baklitskiy dropped by to discuss all of Russia's strategic red lines, what the introduction of hypersonic weapons means for global security, and more. https://bearmarketbrief.substack.com/
    24 min. 23 sec.
  • Russian Women in the Face of War Against Ukraine

    11 APR 2024 · Russia’s war against Ukraine has revealed stories about the heroic resistance efforts of Ukrainian women: from a grandmother launching a pickle jar against a drone to volunteers with territorial defense units. However, comparable stories have been entirely lacking on Russia’s side: How come? On this episode of Report in Short, Aaron Schwartzbaum is joined by Egle E. Murauskaite, author FPRI's new report https://www.fpri.org/article/2024/03/russian-women-in-the-face-of-war-against-ukraine/ to discuss the multifaceted role of Russian women in the conflict.  https://www.fpri.org/article/2024/03/russian-women-in-the-face-of-war-against-ukraine/
    15 min. 9 sec.

Chain Reaction is the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s flagship network of podcast series examining the political, security, economic, and social trends shaping Europe and Eurasia. Throughout the year we are...

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Chain Reaction is the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s flagship network of podcast series examining the political, security, economic, and social trends shaping Europe and Eurasia. Throughout the year we are talking with experts about developments in Russia’s war in Ukraine, the new European security order, the past, present, and future of the Baltic States, Russia’s political economy, and great power competition in the region. Join us each month for : The Continent, Bear Market Brief, Baltic Ways, Report in Short
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