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. 

 

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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The State of Play in Ukraine

The Russian invasion in Ukraine has bogged down, forcing President Vladimir Putin to wrestle with a series of questions about how to continue the invasion. The United States and its European Allies have pledged open-ended military support for Ukraine,...

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Bundes-where? Germany’s Politics and Security in Changing Times

The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is pleased to introduce a special Chain Reaction podcast series: The Continent. The Continent explores how the war in Ukraine is changing Europe’s politics and security. Host Aaron Schwartzbaum will “visit” a country on each episode, learning about...

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Russia’s Manpower Conundrum in Ukraine

Russia is facing a manpower shortage and has a series of hard political choices to make, as it seeks to continue its invasion of Ukraine. To discuss this issue, Aaron speaks this week with Michael Kofman, Research Program Director...

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Central American Migration: Traveling with the Caravan

Since Trump’s infamous call for a border wall and vague, fear-mongering threats of a “caravan of migrants”, security along the U.S.-Mexico border has become a topic of increasing interest for the average American. How much of a security concern...

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The DoD Budget Drops

The FY2023 Department of Defense budget has dropped and it is packed full of insights. To talk about the budget and what it means for the future of the Air Force and Navy, Aaron speaks with Valerie Insinna, the...

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Europe’s Big Secret: Funding Offshore Migrant Prisons

Before many African migrants even see Europe, they are captured and imprisoned in migrant detention camps in Libya. These detention centers, while run by Libyan militias, were funded and enabled to be run by the European Union. In this...

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