Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Podcast of the Week (9/7 - 9/13, 2014) Council on Foreign Relations Event Podcasts on Ukraine, NATO

Two very interesting podcasts interviewing experts on the situation in Ukraine and the decisions facing NATO generally. These are Media Conference Call podcasts where members of the media or other institutions call in and ask the experts their opinions. The questions are usually quite good and the answers quite thought-provoking

First podcast: 9/3/2014
"Listen to Ivo Daalder, former U.S. permanent representative to NATO and president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and professor of political science at Stanford University discuss NATO's role in addressing global challenges, including Afghanistan, Ukraine, and ISIS."

McFaul is taking a fairly aggressive stance toward Russia and has advocated NATO expansion. He agreed strongly with President Obama's speech in Estonia.

Second podcast: 9/7/2014
"John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison distinguished service professor of political science at the University of Chicago and author of "Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West's Fault" in the September/October 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs, on the unintended effects of NATO expansion."

Mersheimer takes a George F. Kennan approach to foreign policy, quoting Kennan as prescient (see my recent review of Kennan's biography) in regards to Russia's reaction to NATO's expansion. Mearsheimer advocates for a neutral Ukraine and an end to aggressive NATO expansion, arguing that the post-2007 expansion into Georgia was "a bridge too far." He is also critical of McFaul's comments in the above podcast.




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