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In this episode, we discuss the latest updates on the Russia-Ukraine war, in particular Russia’s mobilization of an additional 300,000 troops from a partial draft. Putin has also revived his nuclear weapons threats. We explain why we should take them seriously.
Britain has a new Prime Minister who has proposed a very controversial budget that combines tax cuts with increased government spending. We discuss this issue in the context of Britain’s long-term economic decline.
Finally, this week has seen widespread protests throughout Iran. We explain the cause and significance of these protests, as well as the latest status on a new nuclear deal with Iran.
Topics Discussed in this Episode
- Anita’s trip to the American Political Science Association (APSA) Conference
- Russian Mobilization and the Nuclear Threat - 07:00
- UK Budget and the Market’s Reaction - 27:00
- Iranian Protests and Nuclear Deal Update - 50:00
Articles and Resources Mentioned in Episode
Russian Mobilization and the Nuclear Threat
- Putin’s Draft Draws Resistance in Russia’s Far-Flung Regions (NY Times)
- Memo to the President (The Atlantic Council)
- Escalation Management and Nuclear Employment in Russian Military Strategy (War on the Rocks)
UK Budget and the Market’s Reaction
- What kind of prime minister will Liz Truss be? (The Economist)
- Britain’s chancellor offers up a reckless budget, fiscally and politically (The Economist)
- Pound plummets to 37-year low as Kwarteng unveils ‘growth plan’ for UK economy (Independent)
Iranian Protests and Nuclear Deal Update
- What’s behind the protests in Iran? (WaPo)
- The Supreme Leader is Still Alive, but When he dies how will his succession play out? (The Atlantic Council)
- Let’s Be Honest About the Iran Nuclear Deal (Foreign Policy)