Chain Reaction is the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s flagship network of podcast series examining the political, security, economic, and social trends shaping Europe and Eurasia. Throughout the year we are talking with experts about developments in Russia’s war in Ukraine, the new European security order, the past, present, and future of the Baltic States, Russia’s political economy, and great power competition in the region.

Join us each month for : The Continent,  Bear Market Brief,  Baltic Ways, Report in Short 

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The Fast and the Pistorius: Germany’s Remilitarization Plans

Germany announced bold remilitarization plans after Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine. A year later, where do we stand? Minna Ålander returns to The Continent to discuss progress made, and the challenges ahead. The Continent explores how the war in Ukraine...

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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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Report in Short: The Wagner Group’s Expanding Global Footprint

What is Wagner Group, how does the Kremlin use it, and how has its role and regional footprint changed? Raphael Parens and Christopher Faulkner join Aaron Schwartzbaum to discuss their latest report “The Wagner Group’s Expanding Global Footprint.”  Explore...

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The Continent: Turkey to Victory

As we return to The Continent, what is the latest on Turkey’s upcoming election? Who is running, what is driving Turks to vote, and what does the result mean for Ukraine and beyond? FPRI’s Director of Research Jim Ryan...

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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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Torn in the USA: How Important is the War in Ukraine for the United States?

How important is the war in Ukraine for the United States? What should Washington do about it? Stephen Wertheim drops by to share some options for your consideration. Learn more about Stephen’s book Tomorrow, the World  Explore more from...

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Ukraine, One Year In: The Helpers

What motivates people who, when Russia invaded, decided to run towards the fire and assist Ukrainians? British Expeditionary Aid and Rescue, an aid organization, joins to share its experience. Learn more about the British Expeditionary Aid and Rescue (BEAR)...

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Reflecting on a Year of War

On the anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Maria Romanenko shares her experience fleeing Ukraine and reflects on what the war means, both personally and broadly. Click here for information about Maria’s fundraiser. Explore more from the Bear Market Brief Podcast...

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Stop, Hey, What Stat’s Sound?

What do the statistics and other indicators coming out of Russia these days actually mean, and which ones should we actually be paying attention to? Explore more from the Bear Market Brief Podcast here Subscribe to the Bear Market...

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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...

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