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Talk Eastern Europe is the exclusive podcast dedicated to debating the issues facing the region of Central and Eastern Europe affiliated with the New Eastern Europe magazine and a member of the EuroPod network.

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Talk Eastern Europe is the exclusive podcast dedicated to debating the issues facing the region of Central and Eastern Europe affiliated with the New Eastern Europe magazine and a member of the EuroPod network.

    Episode 57: Little room for common ground in Romanian-Russian relations

    Episode 57: Little room for common ground in Romanian-Russian relations

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    In this episode, which is the third part in our special mini-series on Romanian foreign policy in the region, Maciek asks Oktawian Milewski to provide a deeper look at Romanian-Russian relations. They cover such topics as: historical factors in current relations; Romania’s role as a regional player; the Eastern Partnership and Romania; and what is the outlook for the two countries.

    Catch-up on our previous episodes related to Romania’s foreign policy:
    - Episode 36: Complicated neighbours. Romania-Moldova relations in the spotlight: https://www.spreaker.com/user/talkeasterneurope/tee-36

    - Episode 45: Romania-Ukraine: Evolution of relations: https://www.spreaker.com/user/talkeasterneurope/tee-45


    Music featured in this podcast: “Mysterious” by Agnese Valmaggia https://filmmusic.io/song/6786-mysterious / License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Talk Eastern Europe is a member of the EuroPod Network https://www.bullemedia.eu/europod

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    Talk Eastern Europe is produced by Maciej Makulski and Adam Reichardt. The podcast is affiliated with New Eastern Europe. Published by the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe in Wroclaw. Additional funding for this episode came from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the “Public Diplomacy 2020 – New dimension” grant programme.

    • 59 min
    Episode 56: Russia & Turkey - Best frenemies?

    Episode 56: Russia & Turkey - Best frenemies?

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    This episode of Talk Eastern Europe discusses the delicate relationship between two regional powers with ambitions for their neighbourhoods: Russia and Turkey. The two countries, which faced a serious crisis in 2015 after a Russian jet was shot down in Turkish airspace. Since then, both countries have found a common understanding even if their interests are not always aligned. How long can this relationship last?

    In this episode, Maciek catches up with Dimitar Bechev a research fellow at the Center of Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies with the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council. He is also the author of a recent book titled “Rival Power. Russia’s influence in Southeast Europe”. Maciek and Dimitar pick apart the current state of relations between Russia and Turkey and discuss some challenges to the medium and long term, including the impact of coronavirus on this relationship.

    Resources:
    “Turkey and Russia: No Birds of the Same Feather”, Dimitar Bechev, Suat Kınıklıoğlu. SWP Report, May 2020: https://www.swp-berlin.org/10.18449/2020C24/
    “Turkey’s Plans to Become a Regional Energy Giant Just Got a Boost”, By: Dimitar Bechev. Foreign Policy. 28 August 2020. https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/08/28/turkeys-plans-to-become-a-regional-energy-giant-just-got-a-boost/

    Music featured in the podcast: End Titles Extended Version (Romeos Erbe) by Sascha Ende
    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3158-end-titles-extended-version-romeos-erbe-
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Talk Eastern Europe is a member of the EuroPod Network https://www.bullemedia.eu/europod
    Talk Eastern Europe is produced by Maciej Makulski and Adam Reichardt. The podcast is affiliated with New Eastern Europe. Published by the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe in Wroclaw. Additional funding for this episode came from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the “Public Diplomacy 2020 – New dimension” grant programme.

    • 48 min
    Episode 55: Nagorno-Karabkh on fire (again)

    Episode 55: Nagorno-Karabkh on fire (again)

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    On September 27th, clashes broke out between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the conflict region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The intensity of the clashes quickly escalated becoming the largest escalation since the cease-fire in 1994 (larger than the so-called 4-days War in 2016). Both sides quickly announced partial or full mobilisation and introduced martial law on their territories.

    In this episode of Talk Eastern Europe, Adam and Maciek catch up with Arkadiusz Legieć, an analyst on the Caucasus and Central Asia at the Polish Institute of International Affairs. They discuss the current situation and how the conflict is both an element of internal politics of Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as a key component of their foreign and security policies. They also discuss the role of third parties, such as Turkey, Russia and Iran and what their aims are in the conflict as well as the broader geopolitical consequences.

    Resources:
    - “Renewed war over Nagorno-Karabakh. Broader implications,” By: Richard Giragosian. New Eastern Europe, 30 September 2020: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2020/09/30/renewed-war-over-nagorno-karabakh-broader-implications/
    - “Azerbaijan and Armenia edge towards full-scale war. Consequences and risks,” By: Vasif Huseynov. New Eastern Europe, 30 September 2020: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2020/09/30/azerbaijan-and-armenia-edge-towards-full-scale-war-consequences-and-risks/
    - “Is a new war in Karabakh inevitable?” By: Benyamin Poghosyan. New Eastern Europe August 21, 2019: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2019/08/21/is-a-new-war-in-karabakh-inevitable/

    Music featured in the podast: “Mountain Walk by Alexander Nakarada”; Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6382-mountain-walk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Talk Eastern Europe is produced by Maciej Makulski and Adam Reichardt. The podcast is affiliated with New Eastern Europe, published by the Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław. Additional funding for this episode came from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs s in the framework of the “Public Diplomacy 2020 – New dimension” grant programme.

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    Episode 54: Ukrainian diaspora changes the face of Poland

    Episode 54: Ukrainian diaspora changes the face of Poland

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    Since 2014, the number of Ukrainians coming to Poland, temporarily or permanently, has grown exponentially. Some estimates believe that there are between one to two million Ukrainian migrants currently in Poland. This episode of Talk Eastern Europe looks at why Ukrainians are coming to Poland, how their migration has affected Polish-Ukrainian relations, and discusses some successes and challenges they face in integrating into society.

    The podcast features an interview with Sasha Iwaniuk, a Ukrainian political scientist, writer, journalist and activist with the “Nasz Wybor” (Our Choice) Foundation in Warsaw aimed at helping Ukrainian migrants and creating a dialogue for Poles Ukrainians.

    Resources & Links
    - “Picking strawberries in a pandemic” By Magdalena Chodownik and Omar Marques. New Eastern Europe, Issue 5/2020 (Sept-Oct). https://neweasterneurope.eu/2020/09/07/picking-strawberries-in-a-pandemic/
    - “Ukrainians in the Polish-German Borderland.” By: Alexandra Wishart. New Eastern Europe, 22 May 22 2019: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2019/05/22/ukrainians-in-the-polish-german-borderland/
    - “Ukrainians seek a Polish dream in Wrocław.” By: Olga Chrebor. New Eastern Europe, Issue 1/2018: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2018/01/02/ukrainians-seek-polish-dream-wroclaw/

    Additional music featured in the podcast. “Call Me” by DreamHeaven Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6573-call-me- License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Talk Eastern Europe is researched and produced by Maciej Makulski and Adam Reichardt. The podcast is affiliated with New Eastern Europe published by the Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe – a Polish-based NGO. Additional funding to produce this episode came from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the “Public Diplomacy 2020 – New dimension” grant programme.

    Talk Eastern Europe is a member of the EuroPod Network https://www.bullemedia.eu/europod

    Talk Eastern Europe is produced by Maciej Makulski and Adam Reichardt. The podcast is affiliated with New Eastern Europe, published by the Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław. Additional funding for this episode came from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs s in the framework of the “Public Diplomacy 2020 – New dimension” grant programme.

    • 57 min
    Episode 53: Is Georgia prepared for elections?

    Episode 53: Is Georgia prepared for elections?

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    On October 31st, Georgians will go to the polls in the next parliamentary elections. These elections will be a huge test to the current ruling party, the Georgian Dream, following new election reforms and the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout in the background. How will other factors such as Russian influence, attempts by the opposition to unite, or the an announced (however unlikely) return by former president Mikheil Saakashvili play into the election campaign?

    In this episode, Adam catches us with Mackenzie Baldinger, a contributing editor with New Eastern Europe, based in Tbilisi to discuss the current situation and what we might expect this fall.

    Resources:

    “Hardly a Georgian dream. Confronting COVID-19 in the midst of an election year” by Mackenzie Baldinger. New Eastern Europe issue 5/2020. https://neweasterneurope.eu/2020/09/07/hardly-a-georgian-dream-confronting-covid-19-in-the-midst-of-an-election-year/

    “Western pressure intensifies towards the Georgian Dream. Is Georgian democracy backsliding?” by Soso Dzamukashvili. New Eastern Europe 10 September 2020: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2020/09/10/western-pressure-intensifies-towards-the-georgian-dream-is-georgian-democracy-backsliding/

    “Post-pandemic Georgia: stepping out of a political crisis?” by Soso Dzamukashvili. New Eastern Europe 9 June 2020: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2020/06/09/post-pandemic-georgia-stepping-out-of-political-crisis/

    Talk Eastern Europe Episode 17: Zelenskyy wins big in Ukraine; Georgia protests against Russian influence: https://www.spreaker.com/user/talkeasterneurope/episode-17-zelenskyy-wins-big-in-ukraine

    Additional music in the podcast
    Autumn Rain by MusicLFiles https://filmmusic.io/song/6551-autumn-rain
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

    Talk Eastern Europe is a member of the Europod network. Learn more here: https://www.bullemedia.eu/europod

    Talk Eastern Europe is produced by Maciej Makulski and Adam Reichardt. The podcast is affiliated with New Eastern Europe, published by the Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław. Additional funding for this episode came from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs s in the framework of the “Public Diplomacy 2020 – New dimension” grant programme.

    • 45 min
    Russia and China in Eastern Europe. The view from Poland and Germany

    Russia and China in Eastern Europe. The view from Poland and Germany

    Originally live streamed on 08 September 2020

    This is the fourth and final online debate in the framework of the project titled “Ost/Wschód: German-Polish Debates on the East”. This time, we are discussing the topic of the growing convergences and divergences of Russian-Chinese cooperation in the post-Soviet Space.

    The debate features:
    - Germany: Helena Legarda from the Mercator Institute for China Studies.
    - Poland: Marcin Kaczmarski, University of Glasgow
    Moderator: Adam Balcer, Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe

    The panelists address such issues as: How do Poland and Germany see China’s presence in the region? Where do Russia and China cooperate in the post-Soviet space and where do they compete? What are the geopolitical and economic consequences of this relations?

    The debate is co-organised by the Jan Nowak Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe and the Deutsch-Russischer Austausch e.V. (DRA) and sponsored by the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Warsaw Office as well as the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation.

    Additional music featured in the podcast:
    commonGround by airtone (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/airtone/58703

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