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Instability Spreads to Russia's Southern Border

What is behind the recent wave of instability between states on Russia’s southern periphery? Joshua Kucera and Madeleine Reeves discuss.
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About the Episode

While Putin overreaches in his war on Ukraine, tensions are flaring in the former Soviet territories along present-day Russia’s southern border. The most immediate danger comes from two conflicts that escalated this month— between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Caucasus and between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, both clashes leading to hundreds being killed. Eurasianet’s Joshua Kucera and University of Oxford’s Madeleine Reeves join Deep Dish to explore the erupting violence and whether it could spiral into war. 

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About the Experts
Caucasus Editor, EurasiaNet
Joshua Kucera is a journalist based in Tbilisi, Georgia, who writes regularly about the former Soviet Union. An expert on the Caucasus, he is the Caucasus editor at Eurasianet. And his pieces from the region have appeared in Slate, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Foreign Policy.
Professor, Anthropology of Migration, University of Oxford
Madeleine Reeves is a professor in the Anthropology of Migration at the University of Oxford. She is an expert on Central Asia having done in depth research in the region on a wide-range of issues including borders, labor migration, and sovereignty.
Brian Hanson
Former Vice President, Studies
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Brian Hanson served as the vice president of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He managed the Council's research operations and hosted the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
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