Category: Podcasts

Russia Trump Brexit

We must get to the truth about Russia and Brexit. There are political risks in investigating meddling in the referendum and the US election but they can’t be ducked.

Why Boris Johnson is wrong

Boris Johnson this week decried Britain’s bad relations with Russia and said that fault lies on both sides. In my column for the London Times, I said he was right—but not for the reasons he thinks.

The only good Communist…

Many Poles believe that their country is still misruled by slippery ex-communists. Sweeping moral judgments are satisfying, but unhelpful, I argued in this piece from June 2005.

A capitalist Kremlin can do more than a Communist one

Capitalism has given Russia a means to exploit Western weakness in a way that the Communist Soviet Union could never do, I argued in this piece from May 2006.

Why CEE needs lynxes

The collapse of Communism sent wages plunging, giving the former planned economies an instant competitive advantage. The medium-term outlook is good. But demographic and other worries cloud the long run, as I argued in this piece, in April 2006

Naval power in Belarus

In landlocked Belarus, discussion of national naval strategy would be odd. So I was surprised to be invited to a conference on media freedom, as I described in this column from March 2006.

Big bang from a small country

British conservative eurosceptics swoon over Estonia’s free-market model. In this piece, written in April 2006, I use prime minister Mart Laar’s visit to London to highlight their mistakes.

Lambasting Lithuania’s sex-industry flirtation

I loathe the sex industry, so in this column, written in April 2006, I lambasted Lithuanian officials for encouraging it in the beautiful city of Vilnius.

Why sanctions help dictatorships

Sanctions on Belarus have been tried and failed, I argued in this piece in March 2006, following the rigged elections in that benighted country.

Making Meri the model for Estonia

I’m a big fan of Estonia, which means I am particularly sharp about its shortcomings – as in this piece, written in March 2006.