The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is pleased to introduce a special Chain Reaction podcast series: Report in Short.

Report in Short is a bite-sized series where we explore the latest in FPRI’s research in 15 minutes or less. To be the first to know about new episodes, please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter @FPRI. 

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About the Host:

Aaron Schwartzbaum

Aaron Schwartzbaum is a 2023 Templeton Fellow in FPRI’s Eurasia Program, and is founder of FPRI’s Bear Market Brief. He now works with the Bear Market Brief 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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Report in Short: Kyrgyzstan Sinks Into Authoritarianism

In the early 1990s, Kyrgyzstan was often referred to as an “island of democracy” in Central Asia. Three distinguishing features of Kyrgyzstan include an active political opposition, a vibrant civil society, and independent media outlets. The current government is...

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Report in Short: Russian Women in the Face of War Against Ukraine

Russia’s war against Ukraine has revealed stories about the heroic resistance efforts of Ukrainian women: from a grandmother launching a pickle jar against a drone to volunteers with territorial defense units. However, comparable stories have been entirely lacking on...

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Report in Short: A “Frozen Conflict” Boils Over

On September 19, 2023, Azerbaijani forces initiated a massive attack on Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-populated and effectively self-governing region inside internationally recognized Azerbaijani territory. Within 24 hours, the Nagorno-Karabakh leadership gave in, and, for the first time, Baku could claim...

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Report in Short: Russian Military Drones

Since 2009, Russia has invested significant effort into developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, for military purposes. However, after a year of war in Ukraine, the Russian military has lost the biggest part of its tactical reconnaissance and...

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Report in Short: War as an Accelerator

How has Russia’s (latest) invasion of Ukraine exacerbated issues in domestic governance and political economy? András Tóth-Czifra joins Aaron Schwartzbaum to discuss his latest report “The War as an Accelerator: How Russia’s War Against Ukraine Showcased and Exacerbated Domestic...

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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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