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Author: Adam Reichardt

The West Berlins of our time

An interview with Brian Whitmore, a senior fellow and director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Interviewer: Adam Reichardt

ADAM REICHARDT: I would like to start with a question on one of the main topics we are covering in this issue – which is the movement of some in the West, like French President Emmanuel Macron, and others, who are calling for more dialogue with Russia. Foreign Affairs recently published a piece by Thomas Graham titled “Let Russia be Russia”, where the author writes that the West “should give up any ambitions of expanding NATO farther into the former Soviet space.” What is your take on this? Why are so many voices calling for better relations with Russia despite the fact that Russia has made zero concessions or offered any compromises after its aggression in Ukraine or interference and disinformation campaigns in the West?

BRIAN WHITMORE: There are two ways to look at this. First is the cynical view, that Russia is using its financial network of influence in Europe and the West to push these messages. The other interpretation is that there is a certain level of naiveté in the West when it comes to Russia, and especially Vladimir Putin. Whatever the case, we have to ask ourselves some serious questions here. When we have voices saying, “We should have a dialogue with Russia” – the question is, dialogue about what?

January 28, 2020 - Adam Reichardt Brian Whitmore

Talk Eastern Europe Episode 29: Belarus under the Kremlin’s pressure

In the first episode of 2020, Adam and Maciek explore the current situation in Belarus. As the country is under more pressure from the Kremlin to implement greater integration with Russia, it tries to open up to the West.

January 16, 2020 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe 28: The London NATO meeting recap

In the final episode of our special series on Black Sea security, Adam and Maciek discuss the most recent NATO meeting of heads of states in London.

December 23, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe 26: Fighting anti-western narratives in Georgia

Welcome to Episode 26 of Talk Eastern Europe! This episode features an interview with Marta Ardashelia of Sova.News – a Russian language portal based in Georgia.

December 10, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe Episode 24: Georgia under threat

In this episode Adam interviews Egor Kuroptev, head of the Free Russia Foundation’s Tbilisi office.

November 26, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe Episode 23: Fukuyama on Identity and Populism

This episode features an interview with Francis Fukuyama, a professor at Stanford University and author of the recent book Identity: the demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.

November 14, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe 22: Black Sea, Security and Russia-NATO relations

This episode launches a special series on security, Georgia and the Black Sea region.

October 28, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe 21: Russia-China relations in the spotlight

This episode of Talk Eastern Europe takes a closer look at the current state of Russia-China relations.

October 17, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe Episode 20: Andrew Wilson on Belarus and Ukraine

Talk Eastern Europe celebrates its 20th episode with an interview with Andrew Wilson, author, expert and professor of Ukrainian studies at UCL.

September 30, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe Episode 18 – Kazakhstan’s managed transfer of power

Talk Eastern Europe is back! After a short break for our own August recess, Adam and Maciek are back with a new episode of the podcast.

September 2, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe Episode 17: Zelenskyy wins big in Ukraine; Georgia protests against Russian influence

This episode of Talk Eastern Europe looks at some of the recent developments in our region focusing on Ukraine and Georgia.

July 29, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

Talk Eastern Europe episode 16: Do Americans support NATO?

In the latest episode of Talk Eastern Europe, co-hosts Adam and Maciek delve into security-related issues in Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Poland’s view and its desire to increase American presence in the country. Adam then interviews Ivo Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former US ambassador to NATO.

July 19, 2019 - Adam Reichardt Maciej Makulski

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