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Podcast: The Russian Fronts

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A cease-fire in Ukraine was followed by an intervention in Syria. And now, a cease-fire in Syria is followed by a fresh escalation in Ukraine.

Russia's bait-and-switch tactics suggest the Kremlin is fighting one war with the West -- albeit on two fronts.

And on this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we take a close look at both Russian fronts.

Joining me are Michael Weiss, senior editor at the Daily Beast and co-author of bestselling book ISIS: Inside The Army Of Terror; Kadri Liik, a senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations; and Andreas Umland, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv.


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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or


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