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The Political Periscope offers weekly interviews about politics, geopolitics, economy and more, from the perspective of the eastern flank of NATO, in the context of the war in Ukraine. The weekly podcast is created by Radio Wnet, stationed in Warsaw, Poland. The interviews are conducted by journalists of the Radio Wnet in Warsaw, Kiyv, Lviv, Beirut, Dublin, Vilnius, London, Taipei, Medellin, the Balkans and more. Our guests are mainly european politicians and experts in security and military ...
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H.E. Nargiz Gurbanova the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Poland presents the official position of Azerbaijan on the recent event in the Karabakh region in the area of the former unrecognized republic of Nagorno Karabakh. She speaks about the situation of Armenian inhabitants of this are…
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Mihai Christopher Marian Radovici, PhD student of the Bucharest University of Economics, speaks about the Generation Freedom forum in Warsaw in which he participated. He also explains his view on the grain embargo crisis between some EU countries and Ukraine. In regards to Romania, three important topics right now are also discussed in the intervie…
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Stanislav Horbachevskyi, the CEO and founder of the Task Force Group, translation company, speaks about expanding a Ukrainian business to Poland, his experience with Polish market and Polish society and about the role of Ukrainian businessmen in the times of war and possible future reconstruction of the country. The interview was conducted in Warsa…
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Robert Lupitu, editor in chief of Calea Europeana, the main EU & Transatlantic affairs media outlet in Romania comments on the Three Seas Initiative summit that took place in Bucharest on the 6th of September 2023. He summarises the activity of the Three Seas Initiative, its enlargement perspectives and the project implementation. He also touches o…
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The head of International Aid Division at Caritas Slovenia speaks about recent floods in the country, Polish and other international aid for Slovenia, Caritas' projects in Africa and in the homeland and about the help for Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees. The interview was conducted on 1st September 2023 in Ljubljana by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz. …
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Boas Kragtwijk, Dutch runner, is running a 2500 km long ultramarathon from Amsterdam to Kyiv to raise money for three ambulances. He is accomapnied by his coach Bram Vogels and photographer and media menager Beau Tilli. Boas and Bram tell us why are they doing it and how is it to run for 2500 km. The runner can be observed and supported on www.ultr…
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Māris Andžāns, Ph.D. and associate professor from the Center for Geopolitical Studies Riga speaks about current political changes in Latvia - the new president, resignation of the government and of the mayor of Riga. He also outlines the Latvian position on the current international topics, such as war in Ukraine, NATO summit of the Three Seas Init…
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Szymon Grabarczuk, Senior Community Relations Specialist at Wikimedia Foundation speaks about what Wikipedia really is and how it functions, how credible of a source it is, how to get an article about yourself on Wikipedia and what is the situation of Russian language version under current regime. The interview was conducted on 3rd August 2023 in W…
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Čedomir Stojković, the president of the October Group, lawyer and activist speaks about Russian influence in Serbia and how to fight it. He also explains the reality of Serbian politics and the struggle of the integration of Serbia with the European Union. He presents his views on Kosovo and its independence. The interview was conducted online on 2…
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Shiho Rybski, Director of Training and Exercises at The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats speaks about countering disinformation and the importance of freedom of speech. The interview was conducted in Warsaw on 30th March 2023 by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz. Support the show ★ Support this podcast ★…
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Prof. Andrzej Zybertowicz, sociologist, expert on the AI, security advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, speaks about the potential risks of the Artificial Intelligence and how we should approach it with more caution, as there will be no where to run from its wide and wild spread all around the globe. The interview was co…
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Prof. Agnieszka Legucka, analyst of the Polish Institute of International Affairs speaks about the recent mutiny in Russia led by Prigozhin and its implications for Putin's regime. The rebellion weakened Putin's position within the elite and highlighted the system's fragility. She also touches on the potential threat posed for Poland by Wagner sold…
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Christiaan Paauwe, Central and Eastern Europe reporter for the Dutch public broadcaster NOS speaks about his impressions from the flooded Kherson after the blowing up of the Kakhovka dam, Dutch public opinion's stance towards the war in Ukraine and Poland's role in the aid for Ukraine, and about the concerns of the Western audience towards some top…
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Jakub Olchowski, PhD, the head of the Eastern Europe department in the Institute of the Central Europe in Lublin talks about the different attitudes towards Russian aggression of Ukraine of different countries outside Europe, assesses the future of the Ukrainian counteroffensive and analyses the political tensions inside Russian Federation. The int…
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In this episode of the Political Periscope General Robert Spalding speaks about current geopolitical tensions involving Russia and China, the potential of escalated conflict, and the contemporary comparison to a second Cold War. He highlights the need for data encryption and transparency to safeguard democracy in today's digital age. Additionally, …
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Nandi Mazeingo, the chairperson of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation from Namibia speaks about the atrocities committed by German colonisers in the years 1904-1908 against Ovaherero and Nama people and about his people's struggle to get justice - and reparations. He also presents his point of view on the Russian aggression against Ukraine. The inte…
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Two gentlemen from the New York City talk about their City, why is it the best place to live but also about the current issues and concerns of the New Yorkers such as war in Ukraine and current political and economic situation. The interviews were conducted on 26th May 2023 in Central Park, New York by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz. Support the show ★ S…
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Žydrūnė Vitaitė, co-funder of Women Go Tech project from Lithuania speaks about growing interest of women in tech sector, development of startups in Lithuania, digitalisation in the Three Seas Initiative and risks linked to the development of the AI. The interview was conducted during the 3Seas Local Government Congress in Lublin on 16th May 2023 b…
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Maria Tomak, Head of the Crimea Platform Department in the Mission of the President of Ukraine in Crimea speaks about the Russian repressions against Crimean Tatars under Russian occupation, the functioning and role of Crimean platform and the relations of Crimean Tatars with the Ukrainian State. The interview was conducted on 10th May 2023 online …
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Mykola Davydiuk PhD speaks about the actual goal of Russian missile and drone strikes against Ukrainian cities, the attitude and resilience of Ukrainian citizens, perspectives of the counter-offensive and Russian culture and mentality. The interview was conducted on 3rd May 2023 in Kyiv by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz. Support the show ★ Support this p…
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Tigran Khzmalyan, founder and leader of the European Party of Armenia speaks about his country's pro-Russian and pro-Western tendencies, shifts in its current foreign policy, relations with Azerbaijan and his party's attitude towards the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. The interview was conducted on 14th April 2023 online by Piotr Mateusz Bob…
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Her Excellency Nargiz Gurbanova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Poland speaks about her country's historical connection with Poland, current economic and political relations and cooperation with the EU and NATO. She also answers questions about the road towards lasting peace between Aze…
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Timo Soini, former deputy prime minister of Finland, former minister of foreign affairs, former Member of the European Parliament and for many years leader of the Finns Party summarises the elections in Finland, analyses possible coalitions and their influence on Finland's policies. The interview was conducted on 3rd April 2023 by Piotr Mateusz Bob…
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Alexandr Vondra – Czech MEP, former deputy prime minister, minister of foreign affairs and minister of defence and the advisor on international affairs to president Vaclav Havel was guest of the Political Periscope. He spoke about the place of Czech Republic in current changing geopolitical situation, cooperation in Central Europe and Three Seas In…
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Sergej Sumlenny, founder and director of the European Resilience Initiative Center, expert and political scientist, speaks about pro-Ukrainian shift in German foreign policy, difficult relations with Poland and German fear of technology. The interview was conducted on 20th March 2023 online by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz. Support the show ★ Support th…
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Sebastian Tomasz Plocharski, photographer, documentary filmmaker and volunteer who has been in Donbas evacuating civilians since the April 2022 speaks about his experience in the frontline zone, about people whom he helps and volunteers whith whom he has been working. The interview was recorded via online call, as Sebastian is still in Kramatorsk. …
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Janusz Bugajski, senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. speaks about the meaning of Joe Biden's visit to Poland and Ukraine, pro-Kremlin disinformation on Fox News, Chinese-American relations and American attitude towards the Three Seas Initiative. The interview was conducted on 24th February 2023 online by Piotr Mateusz Bobo…
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In this episode of the Political Periscope you will listen to two speakers: Benedict Rogers co-funder and chief executive of the Hong Kong Watch, author of the book 'China Nexus: Thirty Years In and Around the Chinese Communist Party’s Tyranny' Jack Herndon, programme manager at the International Republican Institute, expert on China's influence in…
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Ilya Ponomarev, member of the executive council of the Congress of People's Deputies, former member of Russian parliament (2007-2016), a Russian oppositioner speaks about the congress which will take place in Poland, the need and the way to change the political system in Russia, who supports the so called "free Russians" and what will happen with R…
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Fatima Tlis, Circassian activist living in exile in the United States speaks about the history of her people, its links to Polish people, about the Russian genocide committed on the nations who live inside this "prison of nations" and legal possibilities of decolonisation of the Russian Federation. The interview was conducted on 31st January 2023 i…
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Brian Glyn Williams, Full Professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts, author of the book Counter Jihad, speaks about American support for Ukraine, differences in attitude towards this aid between Democrats and Republicans, Russian influences in the US, Donald Trump, Joe Biden and the perspective of decolonization of Russian Fed…
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Piotr Naimski, former Plenipotentiary of the Government of Poland for the strategic energy infrastructure speaks about the attitude of European countries towards energy security questions, green transformation and future perspectives of Polish and European energy sector. The interview was conducted in Warsaw on 20th January 2023 by Piotr Mateusz Bo…
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Konrad Pawłowski, PhD hab., the head of the Balkan Team of the Institute of Central Europe in Lublin explains recent protests in North Kosovo, presents possible solutions and peace initiatives of the conflict and speaks about Serbian foreign policy and Russian influence in that country. The interview was conducted by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz on 16t…
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Franak Viačorka, Senior Advisor to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, assumes the possibility of Belarusian troops joining the war, speaks about relations between Belarusian nation and Ukrainians, political prisoners in Belarus and the possibility of change of the Lukashenka's regime. The interview was conducted online on 11th January 2023 by Piotr Mateusz …
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Emil Anton, doctor of theology and a journalist of Vatican News Suomi (Finland) speaks about the burial ceremony of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the late Pope's views on ecumenical dialogue and how he was viewed in Finland. The interview was conducted on 5th January 2022 online by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz. Support the show ★ Support this podcast…
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Ruslan Deynychenko, one of the co-founders of the StopFake fact-checking initiative talks abut Russian disinformation against the Ukraine and the West, how Russian aggression on the 24th of February has changed the credibility of Russian propaganda and how to fight against it. The interview was conducted on 29th December by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz…
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Margareta Cederfelt, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Seucirty and Cooperation in Europe and a member of Swedish Parliament summerises two latests meetings of the OSCE PA and OSCE MC in Poland, speaks about the funtioning of the organisation in times of war and about the help that the members of the PA can bring -…
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Peter Vesterbacka, Finnish enterpreneur, startup creator, initiator of the SLUSH Startup Event, former CMO of Rovio Entertainment Corporation, speaks about Finnish education system, the great success in the area of startups, leading to many unicorns emerging from this country and the Russian war against the Ukraine. This interview was conducted in …
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Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland speaks about her countries help for Ukraine, ministerial council of the OSCE, Icelandic bank crisis in 2008, opening new embassy in Warsaw and respect towards fairytale creatures on Iceland. The interview was conducted by Piotr Mateusz Bobolowicz on 1st December 2022 i…
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Yuri Felshtinsky, Russo-American historian, author of such books as "Blowing up Russia", "World War III. Battle for Ukraine" and "From Derzhynski to Putin", which has been recently published in Poland explains why he considers the war already won by Ukraine, how Putin destroyed Russia and what Ukraine needs from the West to ultimately overpower Rus…
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Yevhenia Kravchuk, the Member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine from the Servant of the People Party, Member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation of the Security and Cooperation in Europe speaks about the role of the OSCE in the ongoing war, the attitude of the delegates of other countries and the absence of …
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Gregg Stebben, American journalist, co-author of the book "Does Putin have to die?" written with Ilya Ponomarev answer the question from his book's title, expresses his hopes for the future of Russian government, presents sentiments of Americans towards the Russian war in Ukraine and comments on free speech and democracy issues. The interview was c…
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Balázs Orbán, the political director of the Prime Minister of Hungary speaks about strategic goals of Poland and Hungary, their differences and common points. The interview took place after the presentation of the Balázs Orbán's book "Multiplication table. About Hungarian strategic thinking" on the 4th of November in Warsaw, Poland. This interview …
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Bartosz Bojarczyk PhD, expert on the Islamic Republic of Iran from the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin speaks about Polish-Iranian contacts, current situation around the protests in Iran and its perspectives for regime change. This interview was concluded on the 2nd of November by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz. Support the show ★ Support thi…
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Former President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who in 2015 along with the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda established the Three Seas Initiative talks about the initiative, its development prospects, possibility of the enlargement and its role within the European Union. This interview was concluded in Warsaw o…
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Dimitrij Rupel, former minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Slovenia (1990-1993, 2000, 2000-2004, 2004-2008), former mayor of Ljubljana and former Slovenian ambassador to the US speaks about the war in Ukraine, conflicts around federalization in the European Union and the Three Seas Initiative. This interview was concluded in Ljubljana on…
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Besnik Bislimi, the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo in charge of European integration, development and dialogue talks about the perspective of euroatlantic integration of the Republic of Kosovo, current state of affairs with Serbia, relations with Poland and Kosovian position on the Russian war in Ukraine. The interview was co…
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Stevo Pendarovski, the President of the Republic of North Macedonia talks about the relations with neighbouring countries, the difficult Macedonian road to euro-atlantic integration and North Macedonia's approach to the war in Ukraine. He warns about Putin's irrationality and comments on the position of Russia in the UN. This interview was conclude…
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Prof. Peter Jonathan Starr of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul talks about islamism, Turkish mentality, history of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish language and Erdoğan's overturning of Atatürk's so called revolutions. This interview was concluded in Istanbul on 25th of September 2022 by Piotr Mateusz Bobołowicz. Support the show ★ Support…
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Lőrinc Nacsa, the Member of the Parliament of Hungary and the spokesperson of the Christian Democratic People's Party answers to the accusations of the lack of democracy in Hungary and explains Hungarian reasoning behind its attitude towards Russia and the EU's sanctions. This interview was concluded in Budapest on 16th of September 2022 by Piotr M…
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