FPRI’s Chain Reaction is a bi-weekly podcast series examining America’s role in the world. Throughout the year we’ll be talking to experts about developments in Eurasia, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific in the context of U.S. foreign policy and national security interests. 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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Aaron Stein is the Director of Research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). He is also the Director of the Middle East Program and Acting Director of the National Security Program.

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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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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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