32: Syrian Playbook (Mouaz Moustafa & Michael Sawkiw)

Olga and Mo are joined by Syrian activist Mouaz Moustafa and Ukrainian activist Michael Sawkiw to discuss Russian war crimes.

Mouaz Moustafa is currently the Executive Director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), Political Director of United for a Free Syria (UFS), and serves on the Government Relations Committee of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS).

Mouaz on Twitter: @SoccerMouaz

Michael Sawkiw, Vice President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and the Director of the Ukrainian National Information Service – the UCCA’s public affairs bureau in Washington DC. The UCCA is the formal representative body of Ukrainians in America following the efforts of generations of immigrants, with an estimated 1.5 million Americans having roots in Ukraine.

UNIS Twitter: @UNISdirect

UCCA Twitter: @UkrCongComAm

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31: Russia’s campaign of genocide and war crimes (Oleksandra Matviichuk)

Olga and Mo are joined by Oleksandra Matviichuk – a Ukrainian human rights lawyer and civil society leader based in Kyiv.

Oleksandra Matviichuk heads the non-profit organization The Center for Civil Liberties and is an active campaigner for democratic reforms in her country and the OSCE region.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/avalaina 

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30: The CIA’s Hunt for a KGB Mole (Robert Baer)

Olga and Mo are joined by former CIA officer and New York Times bestselling author Robert Baer to discuss his most recent book, “The Fourth Man: The Hunt for a KGB Spy at the Top of the CIA and the Rise of Putin’s Russia.”

Robert Baer is one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history and considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Middle East. Over several decades, he served everywhere from Iraq to New Delhi and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal for his efforts. His first book “See No Evil” was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film SYRIANA, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Baer. 

Read THE FOURTH MAN: https://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Man-Hunt-Putins-Russia/dp/0306925613

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29: Freezing Putin (Bill Browder)

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Olga and Mo welcome back Bill Browder to catch us up on his new book, “Freeze Order,” and his ongoing battle for justice against the war criminal Vladimir Putin.

FREEZE ORDER: https://www.amazon.com/Freezing-Order-Laundering-Surviving-Vladimir/dp/1982153288 

Bill’s Twitter: @Billbrowder

Bill’s Website: http://www.billbrowder.com 

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28: The Transnational Threat of Corruption (Paul Massaro)

Olga and Mo are joined by Paul Massaro, a senior policy advisor for the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe,

Disclaimer: Paul Massaro serves on the staff of the U.S. Helsinki commission. The views expressed here are his own and do not represent an official position of the U.S. government.

Paul’s Twitter: @apmassaro3

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PODCAST PREVIEW: Who Killed Daphne?

When a car bomb kills Daphne Caruana Galizia on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, the hunt for her killers exposes secrets with consequences that go far beyond its shores. In the aftermath of her death an international team of journalists comes together to continue her work. Along the way they start to uncover clues that might lead to her killers. From Wondery, comes a new story about power, corruption and one woman’s fight for the truth. Hosted by investigative reporter Stephen Grey.

Listen to Who Killed Daphne? 


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25: Insurrection & Conspiracy against the 2020 election (Frank Figliuzzi)

Frank Figliuzzi joins Olga and Mo to provide his analysis of the January 6th committee hearings. Frank Figliuzzi was the assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, where he served 25 years as a special agent and directed all espionage investigations across the government. He’s now a national security contributor and regular columnist for NBC News and MSNBC, the author of “The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau’s Code of Excellence”, and the host of the podcast “The Bureau with Frank Figliuzzi.” 




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24: Russia’s Weaponization of Hunger (Edward Lucas)

Olga and Mo welcome back Edward Lucas to discuss how Vladimir Putin weaponizes food shortages and hunger to leverage support against Ukraine. 

Edward Lucas is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). He was formerly a senior editor at The Economist. Lucas has covered Central and Eastern European affairs since 1986, writing, broadcasting, and speaking on the politics, economics, and security of the region. He is the author of five books: The New Cold War (2008, revised and republished in 2014); Deception (2011); The Snowden Operation (2014), Cyberphobia (2015), and Spycraft Rebooted: How Technology is Changing Espionage (2018). 

Edward’s Website: edwardlucas.com 

Edward’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/edwardlucas 

Edward’s column for @cepa “Hunger Games”: https://cepa.org/hunger-games/ 

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23: Russia’s Weaponization of Energy (Benjamin Schmitt)

Olga and Mo are joined by Dr. Benjamin Schmitt to discuss the Kremlin’s weaponization of energy and the proper response from NATO. 

Dr. Benjamin L. Schmitt is a former State Department official, Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), and Research Fellow at Harvard University. For years, Ben has spoken out against Nord Stream 2 (the gas pipeline expansion project from Russia to Germany) and warned of the threat to Europe’s energy security. 


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22: Best Of: Ukraine, Putin’s Testing Ground (Daria Kaleniuk & Paul Niland)

Originally aired September 2nd, 2021

Olga and Mo are joined by Paul Niland and Daria Kaleniuk to continue their exploration of hybrid warfare. They discuss how Ukraine became the testing ground for Putin’s campaign against the west, only to emerge as the standard-bearer in the fight against corruption.  

Daria Kaleniuk is co-founder and executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center, a powerful national organization that has shaped Ukraine’s anti-corruption legislation and efforts. Daria’s organization ensured that Ukraine’s newly elected parliament designed strong anti-corruption legislation, including the laws on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the special anti-corruption prosecutor’s office, High Anticorruption Court, open property registers and electronic asset declarations. Daria has also founded critical resources to track money laundering and corruption internationally, specifically first known public register of national politically exposed persons. She is co-founder of international Democracy in Action conference hold annually in Ukraine seeking solutions to global threats to democracy. Twitter: @dkaleniuk 

Paul Niland is a businessman, writer, and political commentator. His passion for Ukraine stems from his involvement in the revolutions of 2004/5 and 2013/4, and his writings about Ukraine are often focused on helping the international community better understand the reasons for and background behind the ongoing war in the Donbas, as well as Ukraine in general. Paul is the Founder at Lifeline Ukraine, the country’s first, national, professional, 24/7 suicide prevention and mental health support service. Initially, Lifeline Ukraine was established to address one of the most serious questions in Ukraine today, the heartbreaking suicide rate in Ukraine’s veterans community.Twitter: @PaulNiland 

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21: Why Ukraine Must Win (David Kramer)

Olga and Mo are joined again by David Kramer as they consider the wider security and humanitarian implications should Russia’s war of aggression continue and expand to other areas of the region, including Moldova, Transnistria, and Georgia. David J. Kramer is the Bradford M. Freeman managing director for global policy at the George W. Bush Institute and served as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor in the George W. Bush administration.

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20: Russia’s failing military strategy (Alexander Vindman)

Olga and Mo are joined by retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman to discuss Ukraine as the defenders of democracy and Russia’s failing military strategy.

As a child, Vindman was born to Jewish parents in Ukraine (former Soviet Ukraine) before emigrating to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood. The former Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council found himself at the center of a firestorm for his decision to report the infamous phone call that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment. He was appointed as the Pritzker Military Foundation’s first Pritzker Military Fellow. His memoir “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” is a must read. https://twitter.com/AVindman 


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19: Will Putin go Nuclear? (Joe Cirincione)

Olga and Mo welcome on the pod a leading expert in nuclear conflict resolution, Joseph Cirincione. Most Americans have not thought much about doomsday weapons since the end of the Cold War, but now it’s time we all come to terms with the nuclear risks of Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Joseph Cirincione is a distinguished fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft in Washington, D.C. He previously served for over 12 years as the president of the Ploughshares Fund with a focus on nuclear nonproliferation and conflict resolution. 



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18: The Threat to Russia’s NATO Neighbors (Daniel Fried)

Olga and Mo are joined by veteran diplomat and former ambassador of Poland, Daniel Fried, who currently serves as a distinguished fellow with the Atlantic Council.  

In the course of his forty-year Foreign Service career, Ambassador Fried played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. As Special Assistant and NSC Senior Director for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Ambassador to Poland, and Assistant Secretary for Europe, he helped craft the policy of NATO enlargement to Central European nations and, in parallel, NATO-Russia relations. Twitter: @AmbDanFried 

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