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Episode 26: "Armed Anarchy" in Ukraine and a Finlandization Redux

Relevant Reading:

Slobodan Putin
Andrew Wood

Finlandization Is Not a Solution for Ukraine
James Kirchick

Good afternoon, podcast listeners! On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war, we bring you two great guests to discuss the current situation of “armed anarchy” in Ukraine.

First, Sir Andrew Wood, associate fellow with the Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House and former British diplomat, recalls his first impression of Vladimir Putin at the start of the Russian leader’s political career in 1999, when Wood was serving as the British Ambassador to Russia. He also gives special insight into how an ambassador and an embassy might respond to a crisis, such as the recent downing of flight MH17.

Then, is “Finlandization” an option for Ukraine, as Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski have been advocating recently? Foreign Policy Initiative fellow and Daily Beast correspondent James Kirchick discusses what exactly is meant by the term Finlandization, before launching into an examination of the shortcomings of this approach for Finland, and why a resurrection of this policy isn’t in Ukraine’s best interest.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow our host Richard Aldous on Twitter @RJAldous, and James Kirchick @jkirchick.

Published on: August 4, 2014
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  • dankingbooks

    Intelligible audio is an essential prerequisite for a successful podcast.

  • Duperray

    Would USA accept russians installing missiles basis in Mexico land 10 miles away from US border? Od course not. Thence Russia, then China have same rights. Small states unfortunately having a common border with these giants cannot have an “independent foreign policy” because 1) It would be ridiculous, 2) They have not enough power to generate fears, 3) It is not their interest to play games, 4) in case of conflict the possible NATO or else bases would the first to be wiped out as closets,easy to destroy, impossible to protect.
    Kissinger is right, after all his achievements are far better than those of present policy makers’.

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