The Interpreter’s Year-End “Ask Us Anything” Podcast

December 31, 2015

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.

Additional reading:

Brave New War: A new form of conflict emerged in 2015—from the Islamic State to the South China Sea — Peter Pomerantsev, The Atlantic

Russia Bombs Water Treatment Plants And Grain Silos, Claims To Have Hit ISIS Oil Refineries

A Russian Crackdown On Dissent Is Already Underway

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