Vladamir Putin has announced what he called a “partial mobilization” of up to 300,000 reservists.

According to reports, these reservists are basically former conscripts that will need training.

Meanwhile, commercial flights out of Russia are apparently selling out, fast.

The Russian Duma, on the other hand, is passing a law to clamp down on anyone evading their military service.

And then there was Putin’s seeming dangling of the nuclear threat again. All against the backdrop of the Kremlin organizing referenda on whether four occupied regions in Ukraine should fall under Russian sovereignty.

And how do we assess US military support for Ukraine?

Richard Fontaine is the CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), bi-partisan foriegn policy think tank in Washington, DC. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain and worked at the State Department, the National Security Council, and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He serves on the Biden administration’s Defense Policy Board – which advises the Pentagon.

Richard is also just back from a trip to the Middle East – so we also talk at the end about the two-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords (a topic we’ll be returning to from time to time on this podcast) and also the status of the Iran deal negotiations.

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