ProvCast Ep. 10: Russian-Speaking Latvians and NATO
In this episode, Matt Gobush talks about his article on Latvia, Russia, and NATO. He focuses on Russian-speaking residents in Latvia and makes the case for why Americans should be concerned about this issue. Moreover, he offers both hard power and soft power foreign policy recommendations.
This topic is especially relevant now because last week Russia launched its massive Zapad 2017 military exercise in Belarus and Russia. While we recorded this episode a couple months ago, Matt speaks briefly about this exercise and why it is relevant for Latvia and the United States.
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Mark Melton produced this episode.
Matt Gobush served on the staff of the National Security Council in the Clinton White House, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee. He also served as chairman of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns. He currently works in the private sector and lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and three internationally adopted children.
Mark Melton is the Deputy Editor for Providence. He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews and focuses on Europe.
Photo Credit: From the Dragon Ride 2016 in Latvia. By Kārlis Dambrāns, via Flickr.