I wanted to relay this unforgettable, but hugely educative interview on the Ukraine conflict and Russian history. This interview with Stephen Kotkin is one of the most impressive interviews about relations between the ‘Western World and Russia’ in this fragile time facing Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. I guarantee you will be suprised by a lot of what he discusses including Russia’s possible intentions going for the subterreanean oceanic cables to inflict chaos on Western stability. Moreover, this interview is up-there with my favourite political commentaries I have heard since the Howard Years documentary by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
I heard Steven Kotkin interviewed before and had always been impressed with his no-nonsense, incisive approach about Russian – West relations especially his pet-project on Stalin. And now he is about to complete his third book in the trilogy about him.
Kotkin is a Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he is also co-director of the program in history and the practice of diplomacy and the director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
I feel it a pleasure, and in some sense honoured to hear this presentation by Kotkin about more recent events in Ukraine. In a sense, it encapsulates why I studied politics in the first place; to hear and be informed from the best political-historians about today’s most delicate subjects.
I hope you enjoy it as well.