Can Russia afford its military adventures in Ukraine and Syria? Can the Russian economy continue to grind along if oil is less than $50 a barrel? Has Putin’s authoritarianism reached its lowest point, or can things get worse for Russia? Is there a scenario where civilians stop being targets for Russian and Syria airstrikes?
Our listeners and readers have a lot of questions, and in this week’s podcast, Boston College professor Matt Sienkiewicz is joined by The Interpreter’s Managing Editor James Miller to address them in a general conversation about a busy year in Russia, Ukraine, Syria, and beyond.
– Brave New War: A new form of conflict emerged in 2015—from the Islamic State to the South China Sea — Peter Pomerantsev, The Atlantic