Episode 268: Russia, Ukraine, Foreign Policy

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not just a seminal moment in world history, but a teachable one. Pranay Kotasthane and Nitin Pai join Amit Varma in episode 268 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss concepts and frameworks of foreign policy that can help us make sense of this turmoil.

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3. Radically Networked Societies — Episode 158 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane).
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7. Anticipating the Unintended — Pranay Kotasthane’s newsletter (with RSJ).
8. Puliyabaazi — Pranay Kotasthane’s podcast (with Saurabh Chandra).
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11. Dhanya Rajendran Fights the Gaze — Episode 267 of The Seen and the Unseen.
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13. The End of History and the Last Man — Francis Fukuyama’s book.
14. The Great Man Theory of History.
15. Russia’s War on Ukraine: A Roundtable — Bari Weiss speaks to Niall Ferguson, Walter Russell Mead and Francis Fukuyama.
16. Around the halls: Implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — Brookings roundup of expert views, including from Marvin Kalb.
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18. The Median Voter Theorem.
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20. Hindutva — VD Savarkar.
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28. A People’s Constitution — Rohit De.
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