Born in the waning days of Cold War, Zack grew up in the waters of southern California. While not surfing, swimming, fishing, he enjoyed political history, geopolitical affairs and exploring the depths of US-Russia relationship. Obtaining a B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University, he examined the Soviet-Afghan war and the ‘Foreign Fighter Phenomenon’ seen during the conflict. To date, he is pursuing a M.A. with the University of Texas at Austin in Russian, Eastern European, Eurasian Studies, (CREEES) with a focus on rural political activism in Russia and Western Business investment in Russia. Zack has traveled in western Russia and looks forward future trips, including more pelmeni, banya visits and a continued dialogue with Russian people!
December 1st, 2020 | Season 3 | 33 mins 2 secs
american politics, belarus, elections, regional conflicts, russia, turkey
On this episode, Zack speaks with journalist Matthew Luxmoore. Matthew is the Moscow Correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Politico, and elsewhere. Zach and Matthew discuss a wide-range of issues, from the Russian Far East to the current state of the Russian opposition movement, to environmental concerns and other current affairs of the day. We hope you enjoy!