S04E06: Per­spec­tives on Putin and Rus­si­a’s Inva­sion of Ukraine

This episode dis­cuss­es how Vladimir Putin’s world­view was shaped and explores his pos­si­ble motives for invad­ing Ukraine. Also exam­ined is the glob­al response to the inva­sion, which has not been uni­form around the world, as well as how the inva­sion has brought about clos­er uni­ty between the Unit­ed States and Europe, which had been drift­ing apart for some time.

Guests fea­tured in this episode:

Stephen Holmes, the Wal­ter E. May­er Pro­fes­sor of Law and co-direc­tor of the Cen­ter on Law and Secu­ri­ty at New York Uni­ver­si­ty. Stephen has been the recip­i­ent of pres­ti­gious fel­low­ships from, among oth­ers, the Prince­ton Insti­tute for Advanced Study, the Wis­senschaftkol­leg in Berlin, the Guggen­heim Foun­da­tion, and the IWM in Vienna. 

Between 1994 and 1996, he served as Direc­tor of the Soros Foun­da­tion pro­gram for pro­mot­ing legal reform in Rus­sia and East­ern Europe, and was also named Carnegie Schol­ar in 2003–2005 for his work on Russ­ian legal reform. 

He is also the co-author of The Light that Failed: A Reck­on­ing  with Ivan Krastev, a book that details the ride of author­i­tar­i­an antilib­er­al­ism in Russia.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.