A podcast from the Foreign Policy Research Institute examining America’s role on the world stage. Every two weeks we’ll talk to experts about policy relevant news from around the world and why it matters for U.S. foreign policy.
Please note this podcast was named the Middle East Brief prior to 2021.
Will Russia Survive Until 2084?
Faced with a possible defeat in Ukraine, will Russia survive until 2084? FPRI Senior Fellow Philip Wasielewski and Maia Otarashvili, the Deputy Director of FPRI's Eurasia program discuss the future of Russia, from internal ethnic and leadership struggles to its sphere of influence in Central Asia and the Caucasus as Chinese and Turkish power rises in the region.
Read Philip Wasielewski's report "Will Russia Survive Until 2084?"
This episode was recorded live on Zoom on January 31, 2023.
How is Russia's economy doing as we start 2023? And how is mobilization going - if it is even possible? Nick Trickett joins to discuss.
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War in Ukraine: A Firsthand Account
What has the war actually been like on the ground? How have communities, and the Ukrainian government reacted? Kirill, a Kyiv resident and open source conflict researcher, joins to share his experience.
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We Can France if We Want To: What Does Paris Want for Ukraine and Europe?
As we drop by Paris, what is president Macron's angle, diplomatically or otherwise, in the Ukraine War? And how do populists on both the right and left play in?
This conversation was recorded live on Twitter Spaces on November 23, 2022.
Public Opinion in Russia: What Do We Know, What Can We Know?
What do Russians actually think about the war in Ukraine? How are sanctions being felt locally? And what can we learn - or not - from polls conducted in Russia's current political climate.
Giorgia on My Mind: Italy's Rightward Turn and Its Implications
What spurred Italy's right wing populist wave? And what does it mean for EU policy? Federico Santi joins Aaron to discuss.
This conversation was recorded live on Twitter Spaces on October 20, 2022.
Good material told well
Aaron Stein is a quality host who explains subjects clearly in a way that doesn’t require a huge background of knowledge for your average layperson.
Not the best host
Great material, poor host quality. He would do better to phrase his questions more clearly, stop mumbling, and get to the point in an efficient and timely manner.