Western sanctions have wounded the Russian economy by causing billions of dollars in capital flight, but is that enough to stop what Ukrainian officials say is the strengthening of an "invasion" force?
In this episode of River to River, political analysts Jim McCormick of Iowa State University, and Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa, share analysis on the escalating crisis in between Russia and western powers over Ukraine. Also, a detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups paints a dismal picture for Republicans, especially among women.
The ongoing turmoil¬†in Ukraine could impact the world‚Äôs wheat supply and with reports that fighting is edging closer to a key Black Sea trading port, farmers and commodity brokers are paying attention.
Pro-Russian rebels¬†appear to be pushing closer to the Ukranian city of Mariupol, a strategic port city. As Ukraine is one of the world‚Äôs largest exporters of wheat, any disruption in the harvest or transport of the country‚Äôs wheat crop could put a kink in global supply lines and could raise grain prices across the world.
International outrage has been sparked by the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls.¬† Boko Haram, an Al Qaeda affiliated group, has taken credit for the kidnappings.¬† The U.S. this week pledged military and law enforcement personnel to aid in the search for the girls.¬† Host Ben Kieffer talks with Jim McCormick, Professsor of Political Science at Iowa State University about likely U.S. involvement in Nigeria.¬† They also discuss the unraveling situation in Ukraine with William Reisinger, Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday that upholds Michigan's right to bar racial preference in college admissions.¬† Or, at least we think so.¬† Host Ben Kieffer talks with Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle from University of Iowa, and Joan and Abbott Lipsky Professor of Political Science Bruce Nesmith of Coe College about the ruling and what it means.¬† The opinions are confusing at best.¬† They also discuss the conflict in Ukraine, and the grassroots mobilization around a 2016 presidential run for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As the Ukrainian crisis deepens, Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Donna Hoffman of University of Northern Iowa about U.S. response.¬† Other topics include, the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Washington Post and the Guardian for their coverage of the NSA, a new climate change study, and Stephen Colbert's new Late Night gig.
As protests continue in Eastern Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry says it's clear the chaos is being orchestrated by Russia.¬† Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College and Jim McCormick, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Iowa State University about Russian President Valdimir Putin's motivations.¬† They also discuss the politics of equal pay, and the recent firing of Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll.
Russia has warned that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war. This comes as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.¬† This hour, host Ben Kieffer listens to two perspectives on the crisis.
Roman Skaskiw is a Ukrainian-American software developer and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop living in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.¬† He sees most of the pro-Putin sentiment as fake and orchestrated
Dean Borg guest hosts this politics day edition of 'River to River.' ¬†Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich, University of Northern Iowa's Chris Larimer, and Drake University's David Skidmore are political analysts for this program that includes Iowa, U.S., and international politics.
President Obama says that Russian incursion in Ukraine is against international law and a miscalculation that risks pushing former Soviet-bloc nations further from Moscow. ¬†Russian President President Putin has defended his actions and criticized the U.S. response. ¬†Listen to this political analysis of the situation.