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The simple reasons Russians love Putin

July 14, 2016

In the West, people tend to think of Russian President Vladimir Putin as a strongman dictator – a former KGB man who oppresses his people, censors the media and antagonizes Russia’s neighbors. From the outside, it’s hard for anyone to understand how Putin stays in power, let alone stays popular. And Putin is popular. Pollsters put his approval rating at more than 80 percent. This week on War College, we sit down with Anne Garrels, a longtime Russia correspondent for NPR. Since the collapse of the USSR, Garrels has spent more and more time in smaller Russian cities and towns, getting to know people who don’t live the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the country’s capital.
Garrels gives the reasons why Russians love Putin, and why it’s in the best interest of the West to understand them.

Will there be war in the South China Sea?

May 20, 2016

If you’re looking for a place on the globe likely to spark a world war, you could do worse than the South China Sea. The United States, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan all have claims there. China is building artificial islands and the U.S. Navy is patrolling close by.  There have been confrontations at sea and in the air. This week on War College, we’re looking at this global sore spot and asking just how heated is the situation likely to get.

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Meet the women who went in with the Navy SEALs in Afghanistan

May 12, 2016

It’s only this year that U.S. women have officially be allowed to take combat roles.  That’s officially.

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What makes Russian President Vladimir Putin so special?

April 29, 2016
An economy in deep trouble. A scandal involving billions in off-shore bank accounts and shell companies. Seemingly endless military entanglements. Sounds like a recipe to bring down any world leader. This week, War College looks at what makes Russian President Vladimir Putin the ultimate special case. PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Mark Galeotti, Matthew Gault

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Like video games? You may be playing with government propaganda.

April 21, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, George Weidman

Video games are an industry worth tens of billions of dollars. Games make more money than Hollywood and the music industry combined. Video games can be great fun and even great art, but they can also be great propaganda.

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Who was pulling the strings when Ukraine unraveled?

April 15, 2016
When Ukraine pulled itself apart in 2014, the world was confused over who was doing the pulling. Was the takeover of Luhansk, Donetsk and other regional capitals all part of a Russian plan, or a local movement? This week on War College, we speak with Antony Butts. He was in Donetsk when it all went down and has a unique story to tell.

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Why the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not stink

April 7, 2016

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Listen on SoundCloud PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Andrea Shalal

This week on War College, we're diving into the weeds on how weapons systems come into existence, from the officer who first sees the need to the bureaucrat who gets it done.

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Months before 9/11, he had bin Laden in his sights, but no trigger to pull

March 30, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Scott Swanson

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Caught in a draft: Where compulsory military service can last forever

March 18, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Michela Wrong

This week's episode of War College focuses on a secretive nation where everyone serves in the military – and not just for a year or two. In fact, once you get pulled into service in Eritrea, you could be serving for a decade or more. And no one knows how much more it could be. 

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Snipers: Battlefield sinners or saviors?

March 11, 2016

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Listen on SoundCloud Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Ian McCollum Snipers play a key role in the world’s armies. They target commanders on the opposing side and other targets with an outsize impact. Working by themselves, they can pin down a group, creating fear and confusion.

And now they’re covered in glory. Hollywood cast Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, in the movie American Sniper. Kyle killed at least 160 people with his rifle.