A new episode in the "Vienna Coffee House Conversations with Ivan Vejvoda" podcast series has been released. In each of the episodes, IWM Permanent Fellow and head of Europe’s Futures project Ivan Vejvoda hosts a current IWM Fellow. This time he talks with Thomas de Waal, 2022/23 Europe's Futures Fellow of the IWM and ERSTE Foundation.
In a wide-ranging conversation that aims to provide a strategic overview of the former Soviet Union as its constituent countries reconfigure their relationships with each other, with the Russian government, and with the rest of the world - Ivan Vejvoda and Thomas de Waal reckon with the complex dynamics of power and shifting influences a year on from the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. From the EU-facing societies of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to the central Asian countries with strong links to China to the ebb and flow of the trade routes and border policies that shape the geopolitics of the world, de Waal and Vejvoda discuss the events, tensions, and historical forces that are defining the twenty-first century.
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