Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Porkins Great Game: Episode #17 - The Unquiet Frontier

In December 2017, Pearse Redmond and I finally managed to record a new episode of Porkins Great Game. We start off by explaining why we want to take the show in a new direction, focusing more on the Eurasian rimlands and less on Central Asia and the Caucasus region. This brings us to the 2016 book "The Unquiet Frontier" by Aaron Wess Mitchell and Jakub Grygiel who both joined the State Department in 2017 after President Trump picked Mitchell as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Pearse and I consider the question of whether Mitchell and Grygiel have influenced the foreign policy of the Trump administration and what we can learn from "The Unquiet Frontier".
Our second segment deals with the recent assassinations of Chechen "freedom fighters" in Ukraine. We focus on the case of Timur Makhauri who led a mysterious life in Chechnya, Georgia, Turkey and Syria before he was eventually blown up in the heart of Kiev.
Pearse and I finish off the episode with our favorite stateless fugitive Mikheil Saakashvili and his latest antics in Ukraine.