Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette

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Politics, Economics, and Culture of Russia and Eurasia from CSIS


Russian’s Moral Dilemmas and Compromises - Russian Roulette Episode 96
Jan 24 • 31 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Joshua Yaffa, correspondent for The New Yorker in Moscow. They focus on his recently published book Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia. They discuss how…
Russia, U.S., and BRICS - Russian Roulette Episode 95
Jan 3 • 36 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Rachel Salzman, who was recently a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. They discuss her recent book Russia, BRICS, and the Disruption of Global Order, as…
Russian Prospects in the Middle East- Russian Roulette Episode 94
Dec 17, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Alexey Khlebnikov, Middle East/North Africa expert at the Russian International Affairs Council and private consultant at various think tanks around the world. They discuss Moscow’s successes and…
Russian Intelligence and Political Emigres - Russian Roulette Episode 93
Nov 22, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, investigative journalists based in Moscow and co-founders of the website agentura.ru. They discuss their recently released book The Compatriots: The Brutal and…
Mirziyoyev’s Uzbekistan- Russian Roulette Episode 92
Nov 5, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Anthony Bowyer, Programmatic and Research Advisor, Europe and Eurasia at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). They discuss President Mirziyoyev’s reform program in Uzbekistan…
Putin and Global Health: Friend or Foe? - Russian Roulette Episode 91
Oct 1, 2019 • 32 min
In this special joint episode of Russian Roulette and Take as Directed, Jeff is joined by J. Stephen Morrison, the Senior Vice President and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, and Judy Twigg, Professor of Political Science at Virginia…
Putin and Xi – Russian Roulette Episode 90
Sep 20, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Hilary Appel, the Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College in California. They discuss her memo “Are Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin Partners?…
a Post-INF World and NATO - Russian Roulette Episode 89
Sep 10, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Rachel Ellehuus, deputy director and senior fellow with the Europe Program at CSIS. They discuss the European reaction to the lapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the effect…
Potential Catastrophes and How to Avoid Them - Russian Roulette Episode 88
Aug 30, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with George Beebe, the Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for the National Interest, and former head of Russia analysis at the Central Intelligence Agency. They discuss the American…
Kyrgyzstan and Political Transitions - Russian Roulette Episode 87
Aug 21, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Erica Marat, who is an associate professor at the College of International Security Affairs at the U.S. National Defense University. Her recent book, The Politics of Police Reform, explores…
Russian Protests (and mailbag questions) – Russian Roulette Episode 86
Aug 8, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with…well, himself, to talk about the Moscow protests and what they may mean for Russia and for the Kremlin. He also answers mailbag questions, including on the differences between U.S. and Russian…
Prospects for U.S.-Russia Relations – Russian Roulette Episode 85
Jul 24, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Dmitry Suslov, who is Deputy Director, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. They discuss the Trump-Putin meeting in Osaka, strategic…
Politics in Moldova - Russian Roulette Episode 84
Jul 12, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Lyndon Allin, currently a D.C. based lawyer, who was a U.S. State Department secondee to the OSCE Mission to Moldova from 2011 to 2016. They discuss Moldova’s political transition, what it means for…
Russian Influence in Europe - Russian Roulette Episode 83
Jun 26, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Jakub Janda, head of Kremlin Watch and Director at the European Values Think-Tank in Prague. They discuss Russian disinformation and influence operations in Europe as well as European states’…
Translating Russian Fiction - Russian Roulette Episode 82
May 31, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff welcomes Marian Schwartz, a prize-winning translator of Russian fiction and other works. They discuss her new translation of Olga Slavnikova’s novel The Man Who Couldn’t Die, as well as the state of Russian…
President Zelenskiy - Russian Roulette Episode 81
May 7, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff welcomes back Melinda Haring, editor of the UkraineAlert blog at the Atlantic Council. As the dust settles from a raucous Ukrainian presidential campaign (though by all measures a smooth and fair election day)…
Rogue and Peer Competitors - Russian Roulette Episode 80
Apr 16, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Ambassador James Dobbins, Howard Schultz, and Ali Wyne, authors of the recent RAND Corporation report “Russia Is a Rogue, Not a Peer; China Is a Peer, Not a Rogue.” They discuss what type of…
Putin’s World - Russian Roulette Episode 79
Apr 4, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and a professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University, and author of the recent book…
Law and the Russian State – Russian Roulette Episode 78
Mar 14, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute and author of Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin (Bloomsbury, 2018).…
Fractured Regions – Russian Roulette Episode 77
Feb 27, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Anna Ohanyan, the Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Stonehill College. They discuss the concept of “regional fracture” in the…
Kazakhstan – Russian Roulette Episode 76
Feb 13, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Joanna Lillis, an Almaty-based journalist for The Economist, The Guardian, and EurasiaNet and author of the recent book Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan, a vibrant portrait of the…
Russia and the New Congress – Russian Roulette Episode 75
Jan 29, 2019 • 30 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Louis Lauter, Vice President for Congressional and Government Affairs at CSIS, and Colin McElhinny, Associate Director and Associate Fellow for Congressional and Government Affairs at CSIS. They…
the Day after INF, and Mail – Russian Roulette Episode 74
Jan 15, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Adam Mount, a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, to discuss the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, its apparent…
an Old Year (and New Beginnings)
Dec 31, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Olya and Jeff offer their take on a busy 2018 in Russia and Eurasia: the Mueller investigation, Vladimir Putin 4.0, Skripal, the World Cup, Trump and Putin’s Helsinki encounter, a new government in Armenia, the Sea of…
Ukraine’s Election Campaign – Russian Roulette Episode 72
Dec 18, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Melinda Haring, Editor of the UkraineAlert blog at the Atlantic Council and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. They discuss the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine: the…
Famine and Memory in Kazakhstan – Russian Roulette Episode 71
Dec 5, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode, Jeff sits down with Sarah Cameron, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland and author of the recent book The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan (Cornell University Press, 2018), which…
Bipartisanship and Bilateral Relations – Russian Roulette Episode 70
Nov 20, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode, Jeff sits down with Philip Stewart, Director of the Program in Dialogue in Organizations at the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, and a Senior Associate at the Kettering Foundation. Phil directs a bipartisan dialogue on U.S.…
Sanctions – Russian Roulette Episode 69
Nov 6, 2018 • 41 min
On this election day 2018, Jeff sits down with Elizabeth Rosenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for New American Security (CNAS) for a sanctions-themed episode of Russian Roulette. They discuss…
Russia and the European Far Right – Russian Roulette Episode 68
Oct 24, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Marlene Laruelle, a research professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, associate director of the Institute for Europe, Russian, and Eurasian Studies,…
Insecurity In Between – Russian Roulette Episode 67
Oct 9, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode, Olya and Jeff sit down with Sam Charap, a senior political scientist at RAND Corp and coauthor of the recent RAND report “Rethinking the Regional Order for Post-Soviet Europe and Eurasia,” which explores solutions to the dilemma of…
Alexander Litvinenko (and mail) – Russian Roulette Episode 66
Sep 25, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Marina Litvinenko, an activist, campaigner, and the widow of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian dissident poisoned in London by agents of the Russian government in 2006. They discuss Marina’s…
Grassroots Activism in Russia – Russian Roulette Episode 65
Sep 11, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode, Olya and Jeff sit down with Evgeniya Chirikova, a Russian environmental activist who got her start organizing opposition to a planned highway project that would destroy swathes of the federally-protected Khimki forest near Moscow. Our…
Putinism and Codes – Russian Roulette Episode 64
Aug 28, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode, Olga and Jeff sit down with Brian Taylor to talk about his new book, The Code of Putinism. Brian is a professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and his book provides a…
Eurasia, in 44 Minutes – Russian Roulette Episode 63
Aug 14, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode, Olya and Jeff sit down with Bill Courtney for a complete tour d’Eurasie. Bill is an adjunct senior fellow at the RAND Corporation and a former career foreign service officer. He served as ambassador to Georgia, Kazakhstan, and the…
Cold War Poland and Today’s Hot Topics - Russian Roulette Episode 62
Jul 31, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode, Jeff sits down with Seth G. Jones, director of the Transnational Threats Project and a senior adviser to the International Security Program at CSIS, to discuss Seth’s forthcoming book, A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War…
Summitry and Asummitry–Russian Roulette Episode 61
Jul 17, 2018 • 47 min
Jeff and Jeff take center stage in our sixty-first episode of Russian Roulette. Jeff Mankoff sits down with Jeff Rathke, senior fellow and deputy director of the Europe Program at CSIS to discuss major takeaways from the most recent NATO summit, as well…
Proliferants and Nonproliferants – Russian Roulette Episode 60
Jun 19, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, we sit down with Andrey Baklitskiy. Andrey is a consultant with the PIR Center in Moscow who writes and speaks on arms control and nonproliferation issues. We discuss Russian approaches to nonproliferation, Iran and…
Russia’s Political Economy, and Grad Students in Basements – Russian Roulette Episode 59
Jun 5, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Aaron Schwartzbaum, the founder and former editor-in-chief of BMB Russia (formerly the Bear Market Brief), a daily news brief and blog covering Russia’s economy, politics, business climate, and…
Russian Military Reforms from Georgia to Syria – Russian Roulette Episode 58
May 22, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Olya sits down with Anton Lavrov, a visiting fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS and an independent defense analyst affiliated with the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies…
Armaments and Armenia: Russian Roulette Episode 57
May 8, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Olya sits down with Leonid Nersisyan, Military Analyst at the REGNUM Information Agency and Editor in Chief of the Moscow-based New Defense Order Strategy magazine. They discuss the state of military analysis in…
Reading Russia—And Our Mail - Russian Roulette Episode 56
Apr 24, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Olya and Jeff answer the mail! (yes, it has been too long without a mailbag). Then, Olya sits down with Michael Kimmage, a professor of history at Catholic University who from 2014-2016 held the Russia/Ukraine…
U.S.-Russia Relations and What is to be Done – Russian Roulette Episode 55
Apr 10, 2018 • 37 min
In the spirit of history, Russian literature, and other things the CSIS Russia team holds dear, we bring you a Russian Roulette episode that is both deeply gloomy and highly entertaining. Olya and Jeff sit down with Matthew Rojansky, director of the…
Gorbachev, and of Writing About Gorbachev – Russian Roulette Episode 54
Mar 28, 2018 • 51 min
In a historically-minded episode of Russian Roulette, Olya and Jeff sit with William Taubman. Dr. Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Amherst College and the author of several books, including a biography of Nikita…
Campaigns, Democracy, and Campaigns for Democracy in Russia – Russian Roulette Episode 53
Mar 14, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode of Russian Roulette, Olya and Jeff sit down with Vitali Shkliarov. Vitali is a Senior Adviser for Ksenia Sobchak’s presidential campaign. Previously, he worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign and for Obama for America. In 2016, alongside…
Religion and the State, and Writing About It – Russian Roulette Episode #52
Feb 27, 2018 • 51 min
In a wide-ranging episode of Russian Roulette, Olya and Jeff sit down with Max Trudolyubov, a Senior Fellow at the Kennan Institute and writer for The Russia File blog, as well as an editor at Vedomosti, the independent Russian daily. They discuss Max’s…
Russia in the Middle East - Russian Roulette Episode #51
Feb 13, 2018 • 31 min
In this edition of Russian Roulette, Jeff sits down with Maxim Suchkov, editor of Al-Monitor’s Russia-Mideast coverage and a non-resident expert at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). They discuss the conflict in Syria and Russia’s diplomacy…
Special Edition featuring Ksenia Sobchak - Russian Roulette Episode #50
Feb 7, 2018 • 19 min
In this special edition of Russian Roulette (which marks a momentous 50 episodes!) we welcome to the studio Ksenia Sobchak, candidate for president of the Russian Federation, for a short, in-person conversation to complement her public remarks at CSIS on…
“Of Georgian Food, Culture, and Tradition” - Russian Roulette Episode #49
Jan 30, 2018 • 55 min
In a delectable special edition of Russian Roulette, Olya and Jeff welcome Jonathan Nelms and welcome back Mamuka Tsereteli. Jonathan, along with his wife, Laura Nelms, is a co-founder of Supra, Washington, DC’s first Georgian restaurant. Mamuka is a…
“Of Poverty and Wealth in Russia” - Russian Roulette Episode #48
Jan 16, 2018 • 47 min
In a particularly excellent episode of Russian Roulette (we say that every time, but we always mean it), Olya and Jeff are joined by Leonid Grigoryev and Yuval Weber. Leonid is Chief Adviser to the Head of the Analytical Centre for the Government of the…
“Of Surprises, Predictions, and a Whole New Year!” - Russian Roulette Episode #47
Jan 2, 2018 • 44 min
In a festive, New Year-themed episode full of fun, substance, and a splash of sparkling wine, Olya and Jeff reflect on the biggest surprises that 2017 brought to the Eurasia region. They discuss rigid US-Russia relations under a Trump administration,…