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Russian Roulette takes a look at the politics, economics, and culture of Russia and Eurasia through both interviews and lively discussion with experts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and around the world. Hosted by CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program experts Olga Oliker and Jeffrey Mankoff.

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Russian Roulette takes a look at the politics, economics, and culture of Russia and Eurasia through both interviews and lively discussion with experts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and around the world. Hosted by CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program experts Olga Oliker and Jeffrey Mankoff.

    Of The Dawn of a New Era in Arms Control?: Extending the New Start Treaty - Russian Roulette Episode 109

    Of The Dawn of a New Era in Arms Control?: Extending the New Start Treaty - Russian Roulette Episode 109

    In this episode of Russian Roulette, Heather sits down Rebecca Hersman, Director of the Project on Nuclear Issues (or PONI), and Senior Adviser, International Security Program at CSIS, and Dmitry Stefanovich, Research Fellow at the Center for International Security, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO RAS) in Moscow. 
     
    They discuss the reasons why the Biden and Putin administrations are extending the last remaining U.S.-Russian arms control agreement, the New START treaty; the treaty’s importance; and the prospects for addressing new weapon systems and capabilities in a future agreement. The New START Treaty is also discussed as a pillar of a future, global and multilateral arms control and nuclear nonproliferation negotiating framework. 
     
    You can find Rebecca’s bio here: https://www.csis.org/people/rebecca-hersman and follow her on Twitter: @rebeccahersman 
     
    Dmitry’s bio: https://www.imemo.ru/en/about/persons/department/full?id=2228 and Twitter handle: @KomissarWhipla 
     
    Stay safe and healthy. 

    • 33 min
    Of The End of a Very Long Year for U.S.-Russian Relations - Russian Roulette Episode 108

    Of The End of a Very Long Year for U.S.-Russian Relations - Russian Roulette Episode 108

    The End of a Very Long Year for U.S.-Russian Relations - Russian Roulette Episode 108

    In this last Russian Roulette episode of the year, Heather sits down with Ambassador John J. Sullivan, the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and former Deputy Secretary of State. They discuss the highlights (the power of hockey diplomacy) and low points (the imprisonment of Paul Whelan) of his tenure as Ambassador, why there wasn’t a New START extension this year, as well as the impact of the changes to the Russian constitution, the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, and the foreign agent law on American interests. Finally, they also discuss the internal political dynamics in Russia in the lead up to next year’s Duma elections.  

    Ambassador Sullivan’s bio can be found here: https://ru.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/our-ambassador/

    We gladly say farewell to 2020 and wish our listeners healthy and happy holidays. We have many exciting projects and conversations planned for 2021, so please keep an eye out for our announcements by subscribing to our mailing lists and following us on @CSISRussia and @CSISEurope.

    Thank you again for listening. Happy New Year! С наступающим 2021 годом!

    • 37 min
    Of The Cost of Engineering Victory: Russia's September Elections and Impact of Team Navalny - Russian Roulette Episode 107

    Of The Cost of Engineering Victory: Russia's September Elections and Impact of Team Navalny - Russian Roulette Episode 107

    In this episode of Russian Roulette, Heather and Cyrus Newlin, associate fellow with the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia program, sit down with Masha Lipman, Senior Associate at the Institute of European, Eurasian and Russian Studies at George Washington University, Ben Noble, Assistant Professor in Russian Politics at the University College in London and Senior Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, to discuss the outcome of the September 13 elections in Russia and what they portend for next year’s high stakes Duma election.

    This episode assesses the success of Alexey Navalny’s “Smart Voting” strategy and what his poisoning meant to opposition forces in Russia. Experts also discuss the “menu of manipulation” deployed by the Kremlin during the election for nearly 9,000 municipal or regional seats and 18 governors and describe different levels of political competition across Russia. Although Putin’s popularity is once again on the rise, the dramatic change of the Kremlin’s policy toward Navalny speaks to its concern about securing victory for the United Russia Party in the future. Finally, they discussed the attitudes of the youth in Russia towards politics and how they will shape Russia’s future.

    You can find Ben’s bio here: https://www.ben-noble.com/, and follow him on Twitter: @Ben_H_Noble
    Cyrus’s: https://www.csis.org/people/cyrus-newlin

    We encourage you to listen to Maria Lipman’s insightful conversations on the PONARS Eurasia podcast on Russia and Eurasia: https://blubrry.com/ponars/

    Stay safe and healthy.

    • 40 min
    Of Russia’s Politics of Memory – Russian Roulette Episode 106

    Of Russia’s Politics of Memory – Russian Roulette Episode 106

    In this episode of Russian Roulette, Heather sits down with Hannah Alberts, analyst with U.S. European Command based in the United Kingdom, and Jade McGlynn, researcher and lecturer at the University of Oxford.

    They were participants in CSIS’s Understanding the Russian Military Today, a five-day, professional development program that explored the elements of Russian military power, including its composition and prospects, social and historical foundations, doctrine, and current operations. As a final exercise, participants were tasked with developing short, independent research papers that explored one of four major themes: Russian society, strategy, and history; elements of Russian military power; recent uses of Russian military power; and resources behind Russian military power.

    Hannah and Jade discussed their papers, both of which focus on how Russia instrumentalizes history and culture at home as well as abroad to serve a political or military purpose.

    You can find Hannah’s paper here: https://www.csis.org/blogs/post-soviet-post/next-generation-fighters

    Jade’s: https://www.csis.org/blogs/post-soviet-post/constructing-memory-alliances
    You can also follow Jade on Twitter: @jademcglynn122

    You can find papers written by other participants here: https://www.csis.org/programs/russia-and-eurasia-program/understanding-russian-military-today

    Stay safe and healthy.

    • 37 min
    Of A ‘Pause’ in the Belarusian “Democratic Revolution” - Russian Roulette Episode 105

    Of A ‘Pause’ in the Belarusian “Democratic Revolution” - Russian Roulette Episode 105

    In this episode of Russian Roulette, Heather sits down with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, and David J. Kramer, Senior Fellow in the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy at the Florida International University to discuss the current situation in Belarus, the implications of the Lukashenko regime’s brutal response to peaceful protests, the prospect for future free and fair elections, the role of Russia in the crisis and the policy responses from the E.U and U.S.

    The Minister’s bio can be found here: https://www.urm.lt/default/en/officials/ministras

    You can follow him on Twitter: @LinkeviciusL
     
    David Kramer’s bio is here: https://sipa.fiu.edu/people/senior-fellows/profiles/davidj.kramer.html

    Stay safe and healthy.

    • 26 min
    Of Russian Influence in Germany - Russian Roulette Episode 104

    Of Russian Influence in Germany - Russian Roulette Episode 104

    In this episode of Russian Roulette, Heather Conley sits down with Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff and Tabea Wilke to discuss elements of Jeff’s report “With Friends Like These: Assessing Russian Influence in Germany.” This report is the Germany case study of an ambitious year-long CSIS initiative to analyze Russian influence activities in the United Kingdom and Germany and Chinese influence activities in Japan and Australia.
    Jeff’s biography can be found here: https://inss.ndu.edu/Media/Biographies/Article-View/Article/2142394/mankoff-jeffrey/
    Tabea’s here: http://tabeawilke.de/about/
    The report can be read on the CSIS website: https://www.csis.org/analysis/friends-these-assessing-russian-influence-germany As for the other reports on Russian influence in the United Kingdom and Chinese influence in Japan and Australia, you can find them on the project webpage: https://www.csis.org/programs/europe-program/countering-russian-chinese-influence-activities
    You can find Dr. Amy Searight discussing Chinese influence in Australia on the Asia Chessboard podcast here: https://www.csis.org/podcasts/asia-chessboard/hidden-moves-countering-russian-and-chinese-influence-activities-chessboard
    Stay safe and healthy.

    • 31 min

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