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Turkey and Russia’s Complicated Relationship

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to expert Eleonora Tafuro, a research fellow at ISPI, to make sense of the complicated relationship between Russia and Turkey that has veered from collaborative to adversarial, often landing somewhere in between.

Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

How Does the EU Help Prevent Conflicts?

This week on War & Peace, Olya Oliker and Hugh Pope are joined by Hilde Hardeman, former head of the EU’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, to talk about the foreign policy toolkit the EU uses to ward off threats over its borders and encourage peacebuilding across the globe.

What Just Happened in Kazakhstan?

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to Nurseit Niyazbekov, professor of international relations at Almaty’s KIMEP University, about the wave of protests that swept across Kazakhstan, why they happened and their implications for the future.

Could Citizens’ Assemblies Save Democracy?

This week on War & Peace, Olya Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to Brett Hennig, president and founder of the Sortition Foundation, about how randomly selected citizens’ assemblies could revolutionise democratic governance and facilitate peacemaking in conflict zones.

Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

What Does Belarus’s President Lukashenka Want?

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to Belarusian expert Yauheni Preiherman about the outlook for Belarus's President Aleksandr Lukashenka after his crackdowns on dissidents, EU sanctions, and a recent standoff with European countries over refugees trapped on the Belarus-Poland border.

Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

War & Peace: Nuclear Weapons and Strategy

In this continuing War & Peace podcast sub-series, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to expert guests about all things nuclear weapons. Tune in to hear a range of perspectives about everything from deterrence to civil defence to nuclear-weapons-free zones.

Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

One Year On from the Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to Crisis Group’s South Caucasus expert Olesya Vartanyan about the conflict in and over Nagorno-Karabakh, a year on from a Russian-brokered ceasefire that put an end to renewed large-scale fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

German Foreign Policy After Merkel

This week on War & Peace, Hugh Pope and Olga Oliker talk to foreign policy expert Jana Puglierin about the future of Germany’s place in the world as a new chancellor prepares to take over from Angela Merkel. 

Europe’s Balancing Act in Western Sahara

Hugh Pope is joined by North Africa experts Intissar Fakir and Riccardo Fabiani to ask whether Morocco holds a winning hand in its conflict with the pro-independence Polisario Front in Western Sahara as Europe looks on timidly, wary of direct challenges to the regional power. 

The Migration Lessons of Afghanistan and Syria

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to Liz Collett, one of Europe's leading voices on migration, about whether Kabul’s fall could trigger another refugee crisis and how the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are shaping the future of global mobility.

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