The Eurasian Enigma Podcast

The Eurasian Enigma, the Davis Center's new podcast, features informal and informative conversations about the region that intrigues us so much. Give us 20 minutes and we’ll give you a chance to learn from the experts—from energy policy to cyber surveillance, from arts and literature to contemporary journalism.

Serhii Plokhii and his book "The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story"
Thursday, May 18, 2017

In 1959, the KGB, determined to squash the movement for independence in Ukraine, sent Bogdan Stashinsky to assassinate Stepan Bandera using the most unusual of methods. Stashinsky was put on trial in what would become the most publicized assassination case of the Cold War. His story is rousingly...

Ukrainian pop star Ruslana on the Kyiv barricades in February 2014.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Not merely helpers but makers of the revolution: researcher Olena Nikolayenko on the steadfast women who put their lives on the line for Ukraine's future.

Friday, March 10, 2017

At this moment of great geopolitical change, Davis Center Director Rawi Abdelal looks at the fate of globalization through the lenses of great power transitions, national borders, and economic inequality.

Nat Erb-Satullo's team at a dig site in the hills of western Georgia
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Archeologist Nat Erb-Satullo went to Georgia looking for evidence of how and why people of the ancient world put down their bronze objects and moved into the iron age. What he found sheds light on the social forces that spark innovation.

A woman is photographed during the protests at the Maidan, Kiev, Ukraine. By Anastasia Taylor-Lind.
Friday, November 18, 2016

In 2014, British photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Ukrainian journalist Alisa Sopova were both in Ukraine, questioning how to represent the ongoing conflict. When they met, they developed a creative collaboration that allowed them to do just that.

Infant ward in a Kabul hospital in the 1960s
Friday, October 7, 2016

Historian Timothy Nunan takes us to Cold War Afghanistan—where Soviet and European rivalry played out not through tanks and guns, but through opposing ideas about international development and humanitarian aid.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Decades after the theories of Soviet agronomist Trofim Lysenko were discredited, his name is back on the tongues of some Russian scientists. Historian of science Loren Graham explores Lysenko’s political legacy and the extent to which new developments in microbiology validate his claims.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Stalin’s death in March 1953 took the world by surprise.His passing marked a major turning point, but did it lead to lasting change? Joshua Rubenstein discusses his latest book, The Last Days of Stalin.

Friday, July 1, 2016

How has the iconic image of standing in line shaped Russian identity? Literary scholar Jillian Porter examines how the queue has wound its way through narratives of revolution and continues to find expression in Russian political, social, and cultural life today.

Friday, June 3, 2016

From the Harlem Renaissance to Black Lives Matter to Pussy Riot, literary scholar Jennifer Wilson discusses intersections between critical race theory and Russian studies.