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Hogueras, satirical structures made of cardboard portraying current events and personalities, of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) and US President  Barack Obama are displayed ahead of the annual San Juan (Saint John) celebrations in Alicante on June 23, 2014. Fires are lit throughout Spain for Saint John where the Hogueras and objects people no longer want are burnt as individuals make wishes as they jump through the flames. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN

Podcast: Jonathan Harris, Why do American leaders (and pundits) have such confused conceptions of the USSR and Russian Federation?

jon_harrisAmerican leaders’ definition of the relationship between domestic and foreign policy foster primitive views of the foreign policies of both the USSR and Russian Federation. Their obsession with the “promotion of democracy” produces similar conclusions about the nature of the Russian political system under Putin.

Jonathan Harris is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise are Comparative politics, USSR and Russian Federation, and international politics.


Timofiy Mylovanov Talks Ukraine on Essential Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh economics professor Timofiy Mylovanov was interviewed on Essential Pittsburgh on the state of Ukraine. Here’s a description of the interview from WESA‘s website:

Mylovanov acknowledges that the political and judicial corruption for which Ukraine has been notorious remains an issue for the country, but he says the corruption may be a symptom rather than a cause. He says that the Ukrainian economy and political system definitely suffer from a lack of transparency, but because that lack of transparency ends up benefiting parties with vested interests, it’s difficult to overcome.

Mylovanov explains that he is part of an informal group of economists, scholars and critics that publishes articles covering Ukrainian political issues at Occasionally the work published at Vox Ukraine has been influential to Ukrainian policymakers, who have adopted some of the scholars’ recommendations.

You can hear the interview below: