Geopolitics Decanted by Silverado is a geopolitical program featuring analysis and in-depth expert interviews on topics ranging from great power competition, military conflict, industrial policy, semiconductors, cybersecurity and economic and ecological security. It is hosted by Silverado Policy Accelerator (www.silverado.org), a Washington DC-based non-profit with a mission to promote prosperity and global competitiveness for America and its allies by accelerating bipartisan economic, strategic, and technological policy solutions.
No Way Out: Why Negotiations Won’t End the War Soon
In this episode, Dmitri Alperovitch talks with historian and Russia expert Mark Galeotti about:
- Whether Putin is capable of compromising his war aims in any potential future negotiations with Ukraine
- Th real reason for why he chose to invade Ukraine
- Why he went ahead and annexed territories he didn't even have full control over
- The similarities between Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022
- Why Prigozhin and Kadyrov are no threat to Putin's hold on power
- Whether the sanctions and export controls are having much of an effect on the Russian economy and society
- How the people in Russia's intelligence services are reacting to the war (and what happened to SVR's Naryshkin)
- Why Putin is incapable of holding incompetent leaders accountable
- Why the bombastic rhetoric from Russian nationalist shock jocks on state television is not a portal into Kremlin's policy
- And much more!
Russia’s Cyber Game: What Worked and What Didn’t
In this episode, Dmitri Alperovitch talks with Dr. Danny Moore, a scholar of offensive cyber operations and a former cyber operator in the Israeli Defense Forces, about the successes and failures of Russian cyber attacks against Ukraine, the reasons for the lack of Russian cyber retaliation against the West, how the cyber component of warfare might play out different in a potential conflict with China over Taiwan, and the disturbing vulnerabilities of US weapons platforms like the F35 to cyber attacks
How the Russian Air Force Failed in Ukraine
Why has Russia been unable to suppress Ukrainian air defenses? What is the true state of its missile stockpiles and production rates? Is the F-16 the best aircraft to provide to Ukraine to replace its old Soviet fighter jets? How can the West disrupt the chips supplies for the Russian military? Dmitri Alperovitch talks to Justin Brock and Dr. Jack Watling from Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) about their findings from the recent trip to Ukraine
Keys Lessons for Taiwan from the War in Ukraine
What lessons should Taiwan and its allies draw from the current conflict in Ukraine? Is the tank obsolete? Are commercial drones the future of warfare?
Dmitri Alperovitch speaks to Franz-Stefan Gady, a research fellow at IISS and a deep thinker on the future of conflict and war, about his recent trip to Ukraine and the non-obvious lessons for Taiwan from this conflict
How Putin’s Reign Could End
Military coup or orderly transition? Nothing lasts forever and in this edition of the podcast, Dmitri Alperovitch speaks to Daniel Treisman, professor of political science at University of California, who specializes on Russian politics and economics, about how Putin's multi-decade reign of Russia might end
Scenarios for How This War Might End
Dmitri Alperovitch talks with Michael Kofman, who is just back from a trip to Ukraine. They discuss:
- The latest on the fight in Kherson and Luhansk
- Impact of Russian terror strikes on civilian infrastructure
- Ukrainian morale
- How Putin's mobilization is progressing
- What the Russians are trying to achieve with the dirty bomb scares,
- Lkelihood of use of nuclear weapons and
- How this war might end.