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Episode 82: Rocky Russo-German Relations and Turkey’s Nuclear Non-starter

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Russia’s Love Affair with Germany
Lilia Shevtsova

Is Turkey Going Nuclear?
Aaron Stein

Good evening, listeners! We’ve got an excellent show for you today, as host Richard Aldous welcomes Lilia Shevtsova back to the program to discuss Germany and Russia, before speaking with Aaron Stein about Turkey and Iran.

First, Lilia Shevtsova, author of the Russia Diary column here at The American Interest and nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, rejoins the show to discuss the deteriorating relationship between Germany and Russia. She says that, in the wake of Russia’s seizure of more than a ton of food from a BMW racing team over the weekend, it’s clear that the love affair between the two countries is over. She takes us through a brief history of the two countries’ unique relationship and what it has meant for each nation, before looking at the causes of the recent cooling off.

We’re then joined by Aaron Stein, nonresident Fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Doctoral Fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, to discuss what effect the recent agreement with Iran is having on Turkey’s nuclear future. He notes that while many analysts seem to be expecting Turkey to increase its nuclear capabilities in the wake of that Iran deal, the country has a long history of non-proliferation and isn’t likely to head in that direction. He then broadens the discussion to examine what Turkey’s role is in the region, and how it’s being affected by the Iran deal.

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Published on: September 1, 2015
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