Chain Reaction

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 known as the Middle East Brief prior to 2021. 

 

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. Explore more from the Bear Market...

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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 Schwartzbaum to discuss.  This conversation was recorded live on Twitter Spaces on October 20, 2022.  The Continent explores how the war...

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Stuck in the Magyar: Why is Hungary the “Bad Boy” of Europe?

How did Hungary stray from the liberal democratic path? What does that mean in practice? And what explains its contrarian position on Russia within the EU? Andras Toth-Czifra and Marta Pardavi join Aaron to discuss all things Hungary. This...

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Russia’s War in Ukraine: The Strategic Picture

  In this Bear Market Brief crossover episode, FPRI Templeton Fellow Phil Wasielewski joins host Aaron Schwartzbaum to provide an update on the war and take a step back. What is the broader strategic picture and what does it...

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What does Erdogan Erdo-want?

  What exactly motivates Turkey’s mercurial leader? Sibel Oktay joins to discuss what’s on Erdogan’s mind these days and his angle on Ukraine, NATO, and more.  You can check out Sibel’s forthcoming book Governing Abroad here.  This conversation was recorded...

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Baltic Power Hour

Join us as we cover all three Baltic States in (about) one hour. Guests Dr. Indra Ekmanis and Martynas Smitas share their views and some nuances on the current political and security juncture, as well as where the local...

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No More Niinistö Nice Guy: Has Finland’s Security Calculus Changed?

Finland has a long border and similarly long history with Russia. How does the war in Ukraine change its defense and security picture? This week Aaron Schwartzbaum and Minna Ålander discuss Finland’s security calculus. This conversation was recorded live...

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Swedening the Deal: Stockholm Turns to NATO

Why and how did Sweden abandon centuries of neutrality, and where does it fit in the European security picture? This week Aaron Schwartzbaum speaks with Oscar Jonsson about Sweden’s NATO ambitions and the country’s current political crisis.  This conversation...

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Sweden’s Troubles with Turkey

After abandoning a policy of neutrality, Sweden was expected to rapidly join NATO in time for the June 28 summit in Madrid. Instead, Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has blocked Sweden’s accession, demanding a series of concessions ranging from...

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The Sejm Difference? Poland and the New, Old Europe

How has the war in Ukraine changed Poland’s politics, security, and even society? And what about Warsaw’s relationship with Brussels? This week Aaron Schwartzbaum speaks with Anna Wojcik and Wojciech Przybylski about Poland’s past, present, and future in light...

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