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The world seems to be on a knife's edge in so many regions, and American relationships are vital.

We welcome a semi-regular guest to discuss his latest work in understanding world events and geopolitics in Russia, China, and more. We also discuss the Iran crisis. In studio:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

In October, one of the last independent news outlets in Russia was going to be shut down. Instead, the editor raised 22 million rubles in four days to pay the government's ostensible fine.

On Connections, we sit down with a frequent guest who studies Russia and US-Russian relations. Professor Randy Stone is back from a trip to Russia, where he met with the editor of the New Times, as well as Sergei Kislyak, the former ambassador who has been in the center of recent investigations. Stone discusses the state of information warfare, how it's viewed in Russia, and more. He's the director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester.

The situation in Ukraine appears to be on a razor's edge, with many Ukrainians concerned about Russian aggression. We discuss what's happening on the ground, and we hear from the local Ukrainian community.

Our guests:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester
  • Olena Prokopovych, director of the political science program at Nazareth College
  • Elena Dilai, associate professor of mathematics at Monroe Community College

President Trump said last week that he doesn't understand why American sons and daughters would be asked to put their lives on the line for some NATO partners like Montenegro. That sparked a public debate over how treaties work, and whether the NATO commitments are worth keeping.

Our guest has extensive experience teaching and analyzing issues pertinent to NATO partners. We discuss President Trump's recent visit with Vladimir Putin, too. In studio:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

Tom Nichols is the author of The Death of Expertise, a book that has become a smash success. It explores the decline in respect for experts in American culture.

Nichols was invited to speak at the College at Brockport, and he sits down with us to discuss the strong reaction his book has sparked. Nichols is also an expert in Russian affairs, so he weighs in on the Mueller investigation as well.

We talk to Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, the defense attaché of Ukraine. He is in town to give a lecture at the University of Rochester, but first, we talk to him about the U.S. and NATO's role in Ukraine, what Vladimir Putin wants in Ukraine, and if compromise is politically feasible. Our guests:

  • Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, defense attaché of Ukraine
  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

Dueling publication weighed in recently on the question: who has been tougher on Russia, Trump or Obama?

We discuss U.S. policy in regards to Russia, and how the ongoing Mueller investigation is affecting that relationship. Our guest has many years of experience in evaluating, teaching about, and contributing to this subject:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

Maciej Golubiewski, the consul general of the Republic of Poland, is in Rochester this week. Poland is one of six Eastern European nations appealing to the U.S. for help in standing up to Russia.

We talk to Golubiewski about a range of topics, including the U.S. Army's mission in Poland, U.S.-Poland relations within NATO under the Trump administration, and the future of trade between the two countries. Plus, we discuss the latest regarding the investigation of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman who worked to advance the interests of Vladimir Putin. Our guests:

The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

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Here's a timely subject: “Cybersecurity & Privacy in the Age of Terrorism." That's the topic for the upcoming Ewing Series lecture at FLCC.

Yes, we discuss hacking, and how secure our own information is. We also discuss how to balance security with personal privacy. Our guests:

  • Stewart Baker, partner in Steptoe & Johnson LLP, former first assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and former general counsel of the National Security Agency
  • Josephine Wolff, assistant professor of public policy at RIT, and faculty affiliate of RIT’s Department of Computing Security

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