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.

You can find more information on this episode on Pearse Redmond's website http://porkinspolicyreview.wordpress.com/ where you can also download the MP3 file: https://porkinspolicyreview.com/2017/12/30/porkins-great-game-episode-17-the-unquiet-frontier/

Show Notes:
Trump, Mitchell and "The Unquiet Frontier":
Biography A. Wess Mitchell
Jakub Grygiel on the State Department Policy Planning Staff
CEPA – How We Are Funded
Central European Security After Crimea: The Case for Strengthening NATO’s Eastern Defenses
Predators on the Frontier
"The Unquiet Frontier"
McMaster Review: Probing for Weakness
McMaster NSS Preview feat. "The Unquiet Frontier"
Trump’s National Security Strategy (NSS)
Saudi video shows kingdom’s troops as ‘liberators’ of Tehran
U.S. looks to Germany to stop Baltic undersea Russian gas pipeline

Chechen "Freedom Fighters" Killed in Ukraine:
A Chechen Fighter Was Killed In A Kyiv Car Bombing. Who Was He?
Islamic Battalions, Stocked With Chechens, Aid Ukraine in War With Rebels
Chechen Jihadis Leave Syria, Join the Fight in Ukraine
Requiem for a Hit Man
Russia blamed for attack on Chechen pair who fought with Ukrainians

Saakashvili vs. Poroshenko:
Mikheil Saakashvili quits as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region
Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship
Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili barges across Ukraine border
Ex-Georgia president dragged away by masked special agents in Kiev – video
Supporters free ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili from Ukrainian police amid chaotic scenes
Protesters gather in Kiev after police recapture ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili
Thousands of Saakashvili supporters stage protest against Ukraine president
Ukrainian judge frees Saakashvili from detention
Saakashvili expects deportation amid New Year holidays (Video)
Saakashvili has documents allowing him to go to Netherlands – media