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, invite experts from different academic institutions. The scholars all arrive at opposite conclusions but have an interesting method for resolving their differences of opinion. Decide for yourself who is right!
Episode 31. Trump and His Administration Seem to be Pursuing Two Different Russia Policies. Robert and Sufian discuss the aftermath of the 2018 Helsinki Summit, from the US and Russian perspective.
Episode 30. Clinton versus Trump: Relationship with Putin. Robert and Sufian discuss the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Episode 29. Constraining Elites in Russia and Indonesia: Political Participation and Regime Survival. Guest: Danielle Lussier, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College.
Episode 28. Has Russian Security Policy Changed During Putin’s Tenure? Guest: Aglaya Snetkov, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Episode 27. How Effective is the Russian Propaganda? Guest: Elizabeth Nelson, George Washington University
Episode 26. Russian Propaganda and TV Chanel ‘Russia Today.’ Guest: Linette Lopez, Business Insider and Columbia School of Journalism
Episode 25. Propaganda in Soviet Era and in Contemporary Russia. Guest: Ann Cooper, Columbia School of Journalism
Episode 24. Should USA Supply Offensive Weapons to Ukraine? Guest: Kimberly Marten, Columbia University
Episode 23. Is Putin’s Popularity Real? Guest: Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Episode 22. Is Mikael Saakashvili an Effective Governor of Odessa? Guest: Volodymyr Dubovyk, Odessa Mechnikov National University
Episode 21. Does Russian Opposition Have Political Future? Guest: Regina Smith, Indiana University
Episode 20. Who Was Involved in the Euromaidan in Ukraine? Guest: Olga Onuch, University of Manchester
Episode 19. The Kremlin Propaganda In Ukraine. Guest: Stephen Nix, International Republican Institute
Episode 18. What Do Ukrainians Think? Guest: John O’Loughlin, University of Colorado
Episode 17. Controversial Russian Movie, Leviathan, Nominated for Oscar. Guest: Peter Rollberg, George Washington University
Episode 16. Is Putin a Neutral Mediator and Peacekeeper? Guest: Yulia Nikitina, MGIMO, Russia
Episode 15. Which War Ukraine Wins First: For Territorial Integrity or Against Corruption? Guest: Oxana Shevel, Tufts University
Episode 14. Will Better Ties between Russia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan Affect Armenian-Russian Relations? Guest: Sergey Minasyan, Caucasus Institute, Erevan, Armenia
Episode 13. Will Putin Survive Until 2018 Presidential Elections? Guest: Nikolay Petrov, Higher School of Economics in Moscow
Episode 12. Will Falling Oil Price Crush Russian Economy? Guest: Andrew Barnes, Kent State University
Episode 11. Will Worsening Relations Between Russia and Belarus Tear Apart their Union State? Guest: Arkady Moshes, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Episode 10. Is Agreeableness of Population Key for Survival of Current Regime in Russia? Guest: Greame Robertson, UNC, Chapel Hill
Episode 9. Will There be a Maidan in Moscow? Guest: Tomila Lankina, London School of Economics and Political Science
Episode 8. Can TV in Russia Control Reality? Guest: Anrdei Makarychev, University of Tartu, Estonia
Episode 7. Will China Stay Above the Fray Between the West and Russia? Guest: Pavel Baev, International Peace Research Institute Oslo
Episode 6. Does Putin Control Siloviki or do They Control Him? Guest: Dmitri Gorenburg, CNA Corporation & Harvard University
Episode 5. Would Cutting Russia off SWIFT Crush its Economy? Guest: Juliet Johnson, McGill University
Episode 4. Will the New Ukrainian Parliament Fight Corruption Effectively? Guest: Volodymir Dubovik, Odessa Mechnikov National University
Episode 3. Will the Kremlin Shut Down the Internet? Guest: Vladimir Gelman, European University at St. Petersburg & University of Helsinki
Episode 2. What’s the Legacy of the Sochi Olympics? Robert Orttung & Sufian Zhemukhov, George Washington University
Episode 1: Will Russia Invade Ukraine? Robert Orttung & Sufian Zhemukhov, George Washington University