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The Slavic Connexion

The University of Texas at Austin

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A fresh international chat show on the Slavic world from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin. "It's not typical Texas." The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine. We stand in support of the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their lives and sovereignty in the face of the unjustified inva ...
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«Сказка – великая духовная культура народа, которую мы собираем по крохам, и через сказку раскрывается перед нами тысячелетняя история народа» Алексей Николаевич Толстой This Podcast was created for bilingual families, who are trying to preserve Russian language and culture in their own homes, far away from Russia. In order to share stories from our childhood with our children, every week we will add new additions to our podcast library in form of tale, poem or song. Enjoy and let's get star ...
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In this episode, Bartek Gajos discusses his in-depth research into memory politics during the Soviet period and today, specifically the weaponization of history by the Russian regime, the past's influence on present actions taken by great powers, NATO expansion and EU enlargement, the "armageddon option" taken by Western G7 leaders at Russia's inva…
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On this episode, we had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Paul Edgar, the interim executive director of the Clements Center for National Security at UT Austin. Paul spoke about how he went from the military to academia, the Russo-Ukrainian War, and his goals for the Clements Center as a leading educational institution for discourse around histor…
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