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Worlds Apart

RT

Worlds Apart is a fast-paced, in-depth discussion on the most pressing issues facing the world today.It strives to depart from the traditional Q&A form of interview in favor of a more emotive and engaging conversation. Host Oksana Boyko is not afraid to ask the hard questions that others avoid, with the aim of promoting intelligent public debate.

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Jun 16, 2024 05:44

Peaceful break-up? Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska

In political science, the term Balkanization is used to describe the process of the often-deliberate fragmentation of a country, or territory, into smaller and frequently hostile parts. When it comes to the Balkans today, how solid are the current borders? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska.

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28:44
Jun 9, 2024 05:17

Attrition of delusion? Vasily Kashin, Director at the Center for Comprehensive European & International Studies, HSE

Despite all the Western military assistance and the escalating rhetorical animosity, the conflict in Ukraine is still constrained by some unspoken understanding between Russia and the West as to what’s allowed and what’s not. Where are those red lines and what may happen if they are crossed? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Vasily Kashin, Director at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the Higher School of Economics.

This interview was held on the sidelines of the Fourth Central Asian Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club in Ufa.

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27:23
Jun 2, 2024 05:45

Grand bargain diplomacy? Kubatbek Rakhimov, executive director of the Center for Strategic Solutions, Applicata

The Ukraine conflict has opened up a new chapter in Russian relations, not only with Kiev and the West, but also with many other countries near and far. The former Soviet republics are particularly sensitive to the risks of the Ukrainian scenario and the opportunities their geostrategic location allows them amid the shifting world order. How skillful are they in playing their geopolitical cards? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Kubatbek Rakhimov, executive director of the Center for Strategic Solutions, Applicata.

This interview was held on the sidelines of the Fourth Central Asian Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club in Ufa.

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27:12
May 26, 2024 06:40

Dancing on the grave? Mohammad Marandi, political analyst & professor at the University of Tehran

Most cultures have a long-standing prohibition against gloating at an untimely death, even of a sworn enemy, and deep down that prohibition serves a very important function of preserving a sense of shared humanity amidst entrenched hatred and polarizing differences. The catastrophic death of the Iranian president and his team in a helicopter crash elicited solemn condolences from much of the world, except for the West. What values are endorsed by this act of dancing on the grave? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Mohammad Morandi, a political analyst and professor at the University of Tehran.

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May 19, 2024 06:52

Moving with history? Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs

Freshly re-inaugurated, Russian President Vladimir Putin is making his first state visit to China, as the worldview contestation between the two nations and the West becomes ever more pronounced. With all sides having passed their points of no return, where is history heading? To discuss this Oksana is joined by Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs.

This interview was held on the sidelines of the Fourth Central Asian Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club in Ufa.

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28:53
May 12, 2024 09:23

Fight in flight? Alexander Hill, Professor of Military History at the University of Calgary

A few years ago, close kinetic conflicts, with soldiers killing each other in near proximity, were considered obsolete, at least among militarily advanced nations. It was thought that remotely controlled weapons or hard-knuckle diplomacy could deliver a desired outcome without much blood-spilling, but the conflict in Ukraine has clearly defied that wishful thinking. How is it changing the character of modern warfare? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Alexander Hill, Professor of Military History at the University of Calgary.