Ep. 777: Tech Amidst the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

As tensions rise amidst the Russian aggression towards Ukraine, technology is becoming a frontier of the conflict. From State demands to voluntary steps taken by technology corporations, geopolitics is entwined with technology in a never seen before fashion. Rohan Seth discusses the evolving picture with Sapni G K and Prateek Waghre.

Ep. 762: The Full Spectrum of Russian Foreign Policy

Tensions between Russia and the West are making headlines, with a lot of hysteria around the ongoing negotiations and developments in the European security sphere. With considerable intrigue in the global information ecosystem, current events may have a lasting impact on cyberspace, outer space and public diplomacy. Sapni G K and Aditya Pareek speak to Dr. Elena Chernenko about Russia’s foreign affairs across domains like cyberspace, outer space and public diplomacy.

Dr. Elena Chernenko, is a Special Correspondent at the Russian Business Newspaper, Kommersant. She covers subjects ranging from Arms Control, Cyberspace, Outer Space and the whole spectrum of Russian diplomacy and International Affairs.

Ep. 748: Philippines gets BrahMos

The Philippines recently announced the procurement of the BrahMos cruise missile for its Shore Based Anti Ship Missile Programme. As the first export customer of the system, the Philippines will gain an important capability to counter threats to its interests in the Indo-Pacific.

Aditya Pareek joins Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande(Retd.) and Megha Pardhi to discuss the BRAHMOS weapons system’s capabilities, China’s response to the deal, and Russia’s role in the matter.

Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande(Retd.) is a retired flag officer of the Indian Navy and the former head of Naval Intelligence.

Ep. 746: Kazakhstan Unrest and CSTO’s Intervention

Earlier this month, Russia led Collective Security Treaty Organisation(CSTO) deployed troops to quell widespread unrest in Kazakhstan. The swift CSTO operation achieved its objective and the deployed Russian, Belarusian, Tajikistani and Armenian peacekeepers are already withdrawing. With a fog of uncertainty and lack of information, many questions about the unrest and the political situation remain unanswered. Dr Shrey Khanna joins Aditya Pareek to discuss the unrest, the CSTO intervention and the political situation in Kazakhstan.

Note: After this podcast was recorded, Nursultan Nazarbayev appeared in a new video urging everyone to support President Tokayev.

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Ep. 729: Will Russia invade Ukraine?

With the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the USSR approaching, there is a significant Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border. After a similar crisis in April fizzled out, there are again renewed fears that an offensive may be in the offing. A set of two draft treaties published by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Kremlin’s sharp rhetoric about the need for Russia to receive legally binding security guarantees is making headlines. Prasanna Naidu joins Aditya Pareek to unpack the recent developments and possible scenarios in which the crisis may pan out.

NOTE: We won’t have episodes on 30th and 31st December 2021, due to New Year’s Eve.

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Ep. 720: What Exactly Does Russia Want?

Russia is increasingly garnering attention with tensions in Europe over Ukraine and energy supplies. Recently, Moscow conducted joint bomber patrols and naval drills with China and a unilateral A-SAT test, confusing many observers. Amidst these developments, President Putin met Prime Minister Modi in Delhi during a 2+2 engagement and attended another virtual summit with US President Joe Biden. Aditya Pareek talks to Shrey Khanna about Russia’s motivations, its insecurity with the G-2 and the logic behind its growing alliance with China.

Suggested Readings:

Aditya Pareek’s article about Russia and China Fisheries trade war

Dr. Andrey Gubin’s article about cross border transport and logistics between Russia and China

Poll cited in the podcast

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Ep. 659: Russian Interests in Afghanistan

With its chaotic exit from Afghanistan, the US finds itself in the same camp as the British in the early nineteenth century and the Soviets in the late twentieth century. The collapse of the US-backed government and the near-complete takeover by the Taliban has also created a vacuum of great power influence. What role can we expect Russia to play in Afghanistan in the near future? To discuss Moscow’s interests in Afghanistan, Aditya Pareek and Ruturaj Gowaikar speak to Ivan Klyszcz.

Ivan Klyszcz is a Junior Researcher at the University of Tartu in Estonia and Peace Fellow at the Åland Islands Peace Institute in Finland, his research focuses on the North Caucasus and Russia.

Ep. 654: Can India Mediate Between Russia and Japan?

Trilateral engagement between Russia, India and Japan is emerging, with Pacific Russia and the Russian Far East at its centre. However, the agenda in discussions so far has been limited to trade issues. Aditya Pareek and Suyash Desai discuss an approach India could take to further its strategic goals by helping Russia and Japan fix their troubled relationship.

Links to Articles Mentioned in the Episode:

Aditya Pareek’s Opinion piece in Hindustan Times arguing for India to mediate in Russia-Japan relations

Ambassador Krishnan Srinivasan’s article in the Hindu

Aditya Pareek’s Opinion piece in Asia Times discussing the Quasi Fisheries Trade War inflicted by China on Russia

Ep. 649: The Bear’s Space Power

During the Cold War, the USSR was a pioneering space power, and its successor state the Russian Federation has inherited much of its grandeur and capabilities. In the early twenty-first century, the use of space has become vital for economies and militaries. To discuss the various strategic dimensions of Russian space power, Aditya Pareek joins Dmitry Stefanovich, a Research Fellow at the Center for International Security, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations.

Stefanovich is also an expert with the Russian International Affairs Council and a non-resident Fellow with IFSH Hamburg. He is a leading international expert on global security, strategic stability, nuclear weapons, and the military applications of emerging technologies.

Ep. 611: Fortress Russia

On 23 June, news emerged that Russian forces had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of Royal Navy’s HMS Defender. Russia alleged the British warship was intruding in its territorial waters in the black sea. However, the UK has denied this and downplayed the incident. Dr. Andrey Gubin joins Aditya Pareek to discuss the event and some broader themes in Russia’s military affairs and international relations.
Dr. Gubin is currently an Associate Professor at the Oriental Studies Institute, Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok, Russia). He is an expert on Russian foreign policy towards Asia-Pacific, regional conflicts, and International Military cooperation.

Link to Dr. Gubin’s article – https://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/were-shots-fired-similarities-and-differences/

Ep. 590: DeSWIFTing Russia?

SWIFT is the primary electronic fund transfer mechanism for the international banking system. Some in IR academia circles see the prospects of Russia being cut off from SWIFT as a new proverbial financial iron curtain descending upon the world. Aditya Pareek joins Anupam Manur to discuss.

ಕರೋನ ವ್ಯಾಕ್ಸೀನ್ ಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ! COVID-19 Vaccines are Coming.

Pavan Srinath talks about the latest news on COVID-19 vaccines, how they were developed, the science of how they work, and the road ahead. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/IxOTYI89k5EiBMtk’ width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಮತ್ತು ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಅವರು ಕೋವಿಡ್-19 ಲಸಿಕೆಗಳ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಸುದ್ದಿಗಳು, ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಪಡಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ, ಅವುಗಳ ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆ ಮತ್ತು ಮುಂದಿರುವ ಹಾದಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪಾಡ್‌ಕಾಸ್ಟ್‌ನ …

Nuclear War, Deterrence and Peace

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The Syrian Civil War

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