Good evening, podcast listeners! We have an excellent episode for you this week, in which we cover the standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine, and David Cameron’s political shakeup in Britain.
First, host Richard Aldous welcomes to the show Andrew A. Michta, M. W. Buckman Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College, to discuss the developing situation in Ukraine. The two look at how well current sanctions are working, what sanctions we might expect next, and why the West’s response has, so far, been relatively timid. As Michta points out, the West seems to be “chasing its tail” on the Russian problem at this point, and may be perceived by Moscow as having a bark worse than its bite.
Then, we invite on John Bew, Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy at the John W. Kluge Center Library of Congress and reader in history and foreign policy at the war studies department at Kings College London, to discuss British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent cabinet shake-ups, what he calls one of the most “overtly political” reshuffles of the modern era, and the logic behind the new cabinet’s more euroskeptic bent.