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Sep 19, 2019

When Vladimir Putin first became Russian prime minister two decades ago in 1999, few people had even heard of him. But the stern-faced former KGB officer soon triggered a love affair with the Russian population. Two decades on, after re-imposing authoritarian rule and a new confrontation with the West, he shows no sign...


Sep 5, 2019

With the rise of mostly right-wing populism around the globe, democracy is in retreat. Last year, more countries became less free than freer for the 13th consecutive year, Freedom House says. Larry Diamond, one of the world’s leading scholars of democracy, joins Greg to explain what he calls a “global democratic...


Aug 8, 2019

In Russia, people have taken to the streets in their largest numbers in years to protest the barring of opposition candidates from local elections next month. The scope and brutality of the crackdown has marked a new level of repression. Journalist Karina Orlova talks to Greg about what it says about the...


Jul 25, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin is waging a cold war against the West to boost his popularity at home and legitimize his inner circle’s appropriation of Russia’s state industry. Anders Aslund joins Greg to discuss his new book,Russia’s Crony Capitalism, in which he investigates how many tens of billions are being...


Jul 12, 2019

Greg Satell—author of the new book Cascades: How to Create a Movement that Drives Transformational Change—talks to Greg about what’s behind successful political movements, and Susan Corke raises some democratic breakthrough moments amid backward slide in Central Europe.