24/2, February 24th, was the day that Russia began bombing Ukraine at the beginning of its all-out invasion which is now in its eleventh month. Every week Anne Levine interviews someone in Ukraine or from around the world, with a unique perspective on the war. Everyone from a Nobel Peace Prize winner to a military Colonel to an Instagram Influencer turned volunteer for orphaned children is on our show. Interviews conducted by Anne Levine and shows edited by Ursula Ruedenberg.
UKRAINE 2 4 2 :DR. TARAS KUZIO RUSSIFYING UKRAINE Part II
Ukrainian/ English political scientist Dr. Taras Kuzio discusses ways that Russia is seeking to destroy Ukrainian national identity and replace it with militarization and glorification of the Soviet ethos.
He discusses new textbooks being used to influence children, kidnapping of children, persecution and murder of Ukrainian citizens who facilitate Ukrainian civil society, and the contrived hunt for Nazis in Ukraine. Kuzio also discusses Russias historical antisemitism and the resurgence of Jewish culture in Ukraine.
Dr. Taras Kuzio is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy. He is Associate Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society in London. He was the Winner of the 2022 Peterson Literary Prize for his book Russian Nationalism and the Russian-Ukrainian War: Autocracy-Orthodoxy-Nationality (Published by Routledge, 2022)
GLOBAL POWER SHIFTS AND ALLIANCES NORTH KOREA - DR. TARAS KUZIO
Ukrainian political scientist Dr. Taras Kuzio discusses the global ramifications of Russias President Putins meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un in far Eastern Russia, early in September. He describes the coalition that is solidifying to support Russias invasion of Ukraine, including China, Iran and Korea, united against the West and their perception of a US-dominated uni-polar world.
Kuzio also discusses how the war is transforming NATOs orientation, how it has affected Russia on the world stage, post-soviet oligarchic society, and what Russias defeat would mean for its allies and other regimes in the area. He draws a contrast between Russian hierarchical vertical society and Ukraines horizontal society where the military is integrated with citizens acting as volunteers and partisans.
Dr. Taras Kuzio is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy. He is Associate Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. He was the Winner of the 2022 Peterson Literary Prize for his book Russian Nationalism and the Russian-Ukrainian War: Autocracy-Orthodoxy-Nationality (Published by Routledge, 2022)
AMBASSADOR DANIEL FRIED - CORRUPTION - DEMOCRACY - THUGGERY
At the beginning of September, Ukrainian Defense Minister was removed in response to allegations of corruption. Former American Ambassador Daniel Fried discusses this removal along with other internal leadership shake-ups, including the death of leaders of the Wagner military group in Russia as well as how Putin's future is tied to the outcome of his invasion of Ukraine and Russia's patterns of leadership succession.
Fried also discusses Ukrainian and Russian actions and positioning on the world stage, including Africa and Syria, and briefly describes American Presidents Bush and Trump's responses to Putin.
In his forty-year Foreign Service career, Ambassador Fried played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. He was a National Security advisor to Presidents Clinton and Bush, Ambassador to Poland, and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe. He helped craft the policy of NATO enlargement to Central European nations and, in parallel, NATO-Russia relations.
Ambassador Fried is one of the U.S. governments foremost experts on Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. He is currently a Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy and a Visiting Professor at Warsaw University.
Athletes are collateral damage - Dr. Taylor McKee - Brock University Canada - Sports, Olympics and more.
Athletes are collateral damage in Russia's war with Ukraine, according to Taylor McKee, a researcher committed to analyzing the socio-cultural intersections of sport and society. He discusses how, since 2014, the story of the Russian invasion plays out in theatres of sport as well.
In this interview, the discussion focuses on the upcoming Olympic games in Paris, what could play out there, considering the Russian invasion, as well as the general practice of political expression at the Olympics by athletes and the public. The Era of Boycotts in the 70s and 80s is also reviewed, and the failure to boycott in 1936.
Dr. Taylor McKee is professor and researcher at St. Catharines. Ontario, Canada. He has published on topics including Olympic History, Sport and Residential Schools, Hockey History, Monuments and Historical Memory, and Masculinity in Hockey.
URBAN WARFARE: War in Ukraine's streets - F-16s - Tactical Nukes - How will it end Major John Spencer
This Week on Ukraine 2 4 2: Urban Warfare and other Battle Knowledge – US Major John Spencer
TRT: 29 minutes
US Major John Spencer is considered the world's leading expert on urban warfare. In February 2022, he wrote The Mini-Manuel for The Urban Defender, a guidebook for everyday people to defend their territory against military aggressors. The manual was posted online by the Ukrainian military and went viral, enabling Ukrainians to help their military to defeat the February 24 attack by Russia on Kyiv and other major cities.
Spencer discusses the concepts in his booklet and answers many questions about the war in Ukraine from the point of view of a military expert. He discusses why Russians bomb civilian targets, the purpose of F-16 planes that have just been granted to Ukraine, NATO, threats to Poland, nuclear weapons, the current character of this war and how warfare has changed, and more. He speculates about possible outcomes for Ukraine and Russia. Above all, he reminds us that war is ultimately a matter of politics, not weaponry.
Major John Spencer is an award-winning scholar, professor, author, combat veteran, and internationally recognized expert and advisor on urban warfare and other military related topics to four-star generals and other senior leaders in the U.S. He currently serves as the Chair of Urban Warfare Studies with the Madison Policy Forum. He recently served as the Chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the Modern War Institute at West Point, Co-Director of the Urban Warfare Project, and host of the Urban Warfare Project podcast. He served as a Colonel in the California State Guard with an assignment to the 40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard as the Director of Urban Warfare Training.
Music: Hey Hey Rise Up by Pink Floyd featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox
Ukraine 2 4 2 features interviews with experts, key people on the ground in Ukraine and many others affected, who can give direct and personal accounts of the unfolding of the war in Ukraine, how people of diverse backgrounds and professional skills rally in the fight for freedom and the historical context of Russia's invasion.
Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online - SUCHO - Ekaterina Malygina
Historian Ekaterina Malygina describes SUCHO - Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online " an international initiative by more than 1,500 volunteer historians, archivists, librarians, and humanities researchers whose mission is to provide digital support, server space, equipment, and training resources to their colleagues in Ukrainian cultural institutions.
The goal is to support the preservation of Ukrainian culture as hundreds of historic buildings, museums, libraries, archives, and websites are being damaged or destroyed by the Russian invasion. An additional goal is to document destruction of these institutions, themselves in the war.
SUCHO was created at the onset of the invasion as a collaboration between Anna Kijas (Tufts University, US), Quinn Dombrowski (Stanford University, US) and Sebastian Majstorovic (European University Institute, Italy). It is a global grassroots initiative of over 1500 volunteers around the world.
Ekaterina works in SUCHO as an archiving and digitization expert, helping cultural institutions to digitize their data and record objects in their care of cultural importance, as well as to provide necessary equipment.
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