29Episode 29. Constraining Elites in Russia and Indonesia: Political Participation and Regime Survival

Guest: Danielle Lussier, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College

Russian politics is increasingly unpredictable. In order to help clarify the issues, Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov, on their talk show “Two Guys Discussing Russia over Pastries,” invited Danielle Lussier, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College, to discuss her new book, Constraining Elites in Russia and Indonesia: Political Participation and Regime Survival. The scholars all arrive at opposite conclusions but have an interesting method for resolving their differences of opinion. Decide for yourself who is right!

Putin’s Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia, by Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov

nytimes-1In their book, Orttung and Zhemukhov argue that what we’re seeing is a return to the national purpose of the Soviet megaprojects, though without an explicit ideology — other than the continuation of Putin’s rule and the enrichment of a new oligarchy.  The New York Times

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President Vladimir Putin’s Olympic venture put the workings of contemporary Russia on vivid display. The Sochi Olympics were designed to symbolize Russia’s return to great power status, but subsequent aggression against Ukraine, large-scale corruption, and the doping scandal have become the true legacies of the games. Putin’s style of governance through mega-projects has had deleterious consequences for the country’s development. Placing the Sochi games into the larger context of Olympic history, this book examines the political, security, business, societal, and international consequences of Putin’s political system. © Routledge, 2017

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28Episode 28. Has Russian Security Policy Changed During Putin’s Tenure? Guest: Aglaya Snetkov, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

27Episode 27. How Effective is the Russian Propaganda? Guest: Elizabeth Nelson, George Washington University

26Episode 26. Russian Propaganda and TV Chanel ‘Russia Today.’ Guest: Linette Lopez, Business Insider and Columbia School of Journalism

25Episode 25. Propaganda in Soviet Era and in Contemporary Russia. Guest: Ann Cooper, Columbia School of Journalism

24Episode 24. Should USA Supply Offensive Weapons to Ukraine? Guest: Kimberly Marten, Columbia University

23Episode 23. Is Putin’s Popularity Real? Guest: Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison

22Episode 22. Is Mikael Saakashvili an Effective Governor of Odessa? Guest: Volodymyr Dubovyk, Odessa Mechnikov National University

21Episode 21. Does Russian Opposition Have Political Future? Guest: Regina Smith, Indiana University

20Episode 20. Who Was Involved in the Euromaidan in Ukraine? Guest: Olga Onuch, University of Manchester

19Episode 19. The Kremlin Propaganda In Ukraine. Guest: Stephen Nix, International Republican Institute

18Episode 18. What Do Ukrainians Think? Guest: John O’Loughlin, University of Colorado

17Episode 17. Controversial Russian Movie, Leviathan, Nominated for Oscar. Guest: Peter Rollberg, George Washington University

16Episode 16. Is Putin a Neutral Mediator and Peacekeeper? Guest: Yulia Nikitina, MGIMO, Russia

15Episode 15. Which War Ukraine Wins First: For Territorial Integrity or Against Corruption? Guest: Oxana Shevel, Tufts University

14Episode 14. Will Better Ties between Russia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan Affect Armenian-Russian Relations? Guest: Sergey Minasyan, Caucasus Institute, Erevan, Armenia

13Episode 13. Will Putin Survive Until 2018 Presidential Elections? Guest: Nikolay Petrov, Higher School of Economics in Moscow

12Episode 12. Will Falling Oil Price Crush Russian Economy? Guest: Andrew Barnes, Kent State University

11Episode 11. Will Worsening Relations Between Russia and Belarus Tear Apart their Union State? Guest: Arkady Moshes, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

10Episode 10. Is Agreeableness of Population Key for Survival of Current Regime in Russia? Guest: Greame Robertson, UNC, Chapel Hill

09Episode 9. Will There be a Maidan in Moscow? Guest: Tomila Lankina, London School of Economics and Political Science

08Episode 8. Can TV in Russia Control Reality? Guest: Anrdei Makarychev, University of Tartu, Estonia

07Episode 7. Will China Stay Above the Fray Between the West and Russia? Guest: Pavel Baev, International Peace Research Institute Oslo

06Episode 6. Does Putin Control Siloviki or do They Control Him? Guest: Dmitri Gorenburg, CNA Corporation & Harvard University

05Episode 5. Would Cutting Russia off SWIFT Crush its Economy? Guest: Juliet Johnson, McGill University

04Episode 4. Will the New Ukrainian Parliament Fight Corruption Effectively? Guest: Volodymir Dubovik, Odessa Mechnikov National University

03Episode 3. Will the Kremlin Shut Down the Internet? Guest: Vladimir Gelman, European University at St. Petersburg & University of Helsinki

01Episode 2. What’s the Legacy of the Sochi Olympics? Robert Orttung & Sufian Zhemukhov, George Washington University

01Episode 1: Will Russia Invade Ukraine? Robert Orttung & Sufian Zhemukhov, George Washington University

Russian Analytical Digest examines Russia’s role in the recent US elections, and its likely rad-issueimpact on US-Russia relations over the next few years. Robert Orttung argues that Russia’s unusually large role in the US presidential election was likely not motivated by the desire to support either candidate, but rather to undermine the legitimacy of American democracy in general. Sufian Zhemukhov notes that the Kremlin seems to think that Trump has painted himself into a corner with his promises “to get along with Russia” and intends to take advantage of the situation.

elliottRussia’s Role and Relationship. Research Professor Robert Orttung and Research Associate Sufian Zhemukhov take us to Russia in this episode of the Presidential Inbox. What is the U.S.’s relationship going to be like with Russian President Putin and Russia as a whole if either presidential candidate is elected? Watch the video.

Russia’s Public Perception of the Doping Scandal
bobFind out what’s going on in Russia while athletes on the Olympic National Team get tested and turned away from the Rio Games. Robert Orttung gives an inside look into the Russian public reaction to the doping scandal  Watch the video | © Elliott School of International Affairs 

Despite the scandal that caused more than 100 Russian Olympic athletes to get banned sufianvideo2from competing in the Rio Games, Sufian Zhemukhov says things probably won’t change, as the doping culture in Russia runs deeper than 2016. Watch the video | © Elliott School of International Affairs