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Published on: February 14, 2017
Episode 154: Mosul, Iraq, Ukraine, and Trump

Relevant Reading:

Victory in Mosul Won’t Save Iraq
Jonathan Spyer

Ukraine Reckons With Trump
Sean Keeley

Good evening, listeners! We have another great episode for you this week, as host Richard Aldous speaks with Jonathan Spyer about his visit to Mosul before discussing how the Donald Trump presidency will affect Ukraine.

First, Jonathan Spyer, director of the Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs, IDC, Herzliya and a fellow at the Middle East Forum, speaks with Richard about a recent trip he took to Mosul. He summarizes the current state of play in the battle for the key Iraqi city, and describes the feeling of daily life there.

Then, Sean Keeley, a staff writer here at The American Interest, makes his podcast debut to discuss how the election of Donald Trump is affecting Ukraine. He makes the case that Kiev is in a worse bind than it was before January 20th, and assesses Ukraine’s chances of ever winning back the annexed territory of Crimea from Russia. He also looks at how Ukraine might figure in to any potential bilateral agreement between the new Trump administration and Vladimir Putin.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, where you can leave a review. Follow Jonathan Spyer @jonathan_spyer, Sean Keeley @seankeeley, and Richard Aldous @RJAldous on Twitter.

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