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.


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

Our ongoing coverage of President-elect Trump focuses on his foreign policy, starting with his relationship with Russia.

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says that yes, the Russian government was in contact with the Trump campaign throughout the election process. Trump has denied this.

Should it be investigated? What does it portend for a Trump/Putin relationship? And beyond Russia, what can we expect in the early days of a Trump administration? Our guest:

We sort out the substance from the noise surrounding Donald Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin. Our guest is Dr. Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester. Stone explains which issues concern him regarding Trump and Russia, and which do not. We also talk about Trump's recent comments regarding Crimea and defending NATO allies.

Is Putin losing it? What's going on in Russia? Top opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was murdered this past weekend, gunned down within sight of the Kremlin. His own mother had recently expressed concern that Putin would have him killed. Now we're told that Putin himself will lead the investigation. Is he finally losing his grip and his claim to legitimacy? Our panel includes two very smart observers from the University of Rochester:

  • Randall Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies
  • Matthew Lenoe, associate professor of history