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Aaron Schwartzbaum

Aaron Schwartzbaum is a Fellow  in the FPRI Eurasia Program, and is founder of the FPRI’s BMB Russia. He now works with the BMB team as an advisor and columnist. Aaron received an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with concentrations in International Political Economy and International Economics. Prior to starting at SAIS, he worked at Eurasia Group as a researcher for the Eurasia and Global Macro practices. Aaron holds a BA in International Relations and Russian from Haverford College, and has completed the Overseas Language Flagship program in Saint Petersburg, Russia.


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Has Russia Won the Sanctions War?

Despite Western economic policy, Russia has been able to continue its war against Ukraine, and even seen economic growth. Join as we kick off our season with Nick Trickett and Iikka Korhonen investigating what’s driving Russia’s economy these days,...

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Why Do Autocrats Make Mistakes?

Almost two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion, Bear Market Brief investigates how we got here in the first place. What does theory say about Vladimir Putin’s decision making? Seva Gunitsky joins to discuss. Explore more from the Bear Market...

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Watching Russia

Where does Russian public sentiment on politics and war stand these days? And on a more basic level, how is it measured? Bear Market Brief talked with Isabelle DeSisto of Russia Watcher to learn more! Learn more about Russia...

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Economic War: Ukraine and the Global Conflict Between Russia and the West

On this week’s special episode of the Bear Market Brief, Aaron Schwartzbaum sits down with FPRI Fellow Maximilian Hess to talk about his new book “Economic War: Ukraine and the Global Conflict Between Russia and the West” (Hurst, 2023)....

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Kyiv Dispatch: How are Ukraine’s Politics and Society Changing as the War Continues?

  Politically and socially, how are Ukrainians contending with a difficult, long war? Fabrice Deprez joins from Kyiv to give us an update.   Check out Fabrice’s newsletter: Eastern Radar Subscribe to the Bear Market Brief   Explore more...

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How Do Wars End?

Have you heard calls for Ukraine and Russia to “just negotiate”? What does theory say about how (and why) wars come to an end? Christine Cheng joins to discuss. Explore more from the Bear Market Brief Podcast here Subscribe...

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Fight or Flight: Resistance in Russia

  If you’re a Russian against the war in Ukraine, what options do you have? And how has resistance evolved as the war has continued? Colleen Wood joins the Bear Market Brief.    Related Reading: Is Russia’s anti-war movement...

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Dark Sarcasm in the Classroom: Patriotic Education in Russia

Patriotic education in Russia: how does it work? Is this any different from in the West? And among Russia’s young people, are we seeing generational differences as far as political attitudes go? Allyson Edwards joins Aaron Schwartzbaum on the...

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The Struggle Israel

We take a jaunt south to explore the people and politics behind Israel’s Ukraine policy. What do Israel’s leaders want from this war, and how do more locational considerations fit in? What does the local population with roots in the...

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Don’t Mention the War

How do you make sense of Russia’s seemingly contradictory narrative about its invasion of Ukraine? And how is support, or at least assent, for the war generated? Jade McGlynn joins to discuss. Learn more about Jade’s new book Russia’s War ...

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