War has suddenly returned to Europe. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been swift, shocking, and devastating. In addition to killing thousands of civilians and soldiers, the incursion has rocked global financial markets and galvanized the West against Russia in ways not seen since the Cold War. This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk to Russian foreign policy expert Dr. Anne Clunan to learn more about this unilateral act of military aggression. We examine Vladimir Putin’s possible motivations in invading a sovereign nation like Ukraine, look at the ways the war will affect energy markets, and talk about how Russia’s massive nuclear arsenal may influence diplomatic and military strategy.Read the show transcript
Since we don’t have one in the White House, what would it be like to have a representative in Congress who truly understood the nuances of international diplomacy? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Evelyn Farkas. She was a Defense Department official under the Obama Administration, is an expert on Russia and the Ukraine, and she’s currently a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 17th district. We discuss what it’s like to campaign virtually for office during the coronavirus shutdown, what a Democratic Congress can do to hold the current administration accountable for its panoply of misdeeds, and how environmental protections are dropping by the wayside during this health crisis. Then, we revisit part of our 2019 conversation with Dan Austin, the founder of 88 Bikes, a nonprofit that gets bikes to those who cannot afford them.