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To many, Russia, and the wider Eurasia, is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. But it doesn’t have to be. The SRB Podcast dispels the stereotypes and myths about the region with lively and informative interviews on Eurasia’s complex past, present, and future. New episodes drop weekly with an eclectic mix of topics from punk rock to Putin, and everything in-between. Subscribe on your favorite podcasts app, grab your headphones, hit play, and tune in. Eurasia will never appear the same.

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To many, Russia, and the wider Eurasia, is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. But it doesn’t have to be. The SRB Podcast dispels the stereotypes and myths about the region with lively and informative interviews on Eurasia’s complex past, present, and future. New episodes drop weekly with an eclectic mix of topics from punk rock to Putin, and everything in-between. Subscribe on your favorite podcasts app, grab your headphones, hit play, and tune in. Eurasia will never appear the same.

    Revisiting the Russian Military

    Revisiting the Russian Military

    

    Guests:

    Michael Kofman is Research Scientist at Center for Naval Analyses and Fellow at the Kennan Institute where he specializes in security and defense in Eurasia. He comments widely on Russian military affairs and foreign policy. He also blogs on the Russian military at his site Russian Military Analysis. You can also find a long list of his many recent publications there as well.

    Dmitry Gorenburg is Senior Research Scientist in the Strategy, Policy, Plans, and Programs division of Center for Naval Analyses since 2000 and an associate at the Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He currently serves as editor of Problems of Post-Communism. Gorenburg is author of Nationalism for the Masses: Minority Ethnic Mobilization in the Russian Federation. He has published widely and comments on all things related to the Russian military on his blog Russian Military Reform.

    Music:

    Einsturzende Neubauten, Der 1. Weltkrieg, Lament, 2014.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Russian Conquest of Central Asia

    Russian Conquest of Central Asia

    Guest:

    Alexander Morrison is a Fellow & Tutor in History at New College, Oxford University. His research focuses on empire and of colonial warfare, particularly on the Russians in Central Asia. His most recent book is The Russian Conquest of Central Asia published by Cambridge University Press.

    Music:

    Bad Religion, “I Want to Conquer the World,” No Control, 1989.

    • 54 min
    REEES Faculty Spotlight: Ana Sekulic

    REEES Faculty Spotlight: Ana Sekulic

    

    Guest:

    Ana Sekulic is UCIS Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Ana is a historian of the early modern Ottoman world and Southeastern Europe. Her research examines the history of inter-religious relations, the cultural history of the environment as well as the history of archival practices. She is revising her manuscript “Conversion of the Landscape: Environment and Religious Politics in an Early Modern Ottoman Town” for publication.

    • 12 min
    REEES Faculty Spotlight: Attila Kenyeres

    REEES Faculty Spotlight: Attila Kenyeres

    Guest:

    Attila Kenyeres is a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Pitt in Hungarian Studies in Fall 2021. He is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Management at the University of Debrecen, a journalist, and freelance writer. His research examines manipulation techniques in news media, “fake news,” and the role of educational science television programs in adult informal learning of adults.

    At Pitt, Attila will be teaching a Fulbright Seminar in Hungarian Studies for undergraduate students focusing on fake news and media manipulation in Hungary and East-Central Europe.

    • 13 min
    Russian Revolutionaries in Exile

    Russian Revolutionaries in Exile

    Guest:

    Faith Hillis is a Professor of Russian History at the University of Chicago. She’s the author of  Children of Rus’: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation. Her most new book is Utopia’s Discontents: Russian Exiles and the Quest for Freedom, 1830–1930 published by Oxford University Press. Check out the digital companion for Utopia’s Discontents.

    Music:

    Propagandhi, “I was a Pre-Teen McCarthyist,” Less Talk, More Rock, 1996.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Weak Strongman

    The Weak Strongman

    

    Guest:

    Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy and co-director of the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He is the author of many books on post-Soviet Russia. His new book is Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia published by Princeton University Press.

    Music:

    The Dead Kennedys, “Government Flu,” Plastic Surgery Disasters.

    • 1 hr 10 min

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