PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a State of the Nation address on Thursday

EA’s Political WorldView offer a special edition this week: the University of Birmingham’s Adam Quinn and I explain and discuss the developments between Russia, Turkey, and Syria, following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets near the Turkish-Syrian border on November 24.

The analysis ranges from Russian and Turkish motives and deceptions to the possibilities — or lack of them — for any political resolution of the Syrian conflict.

There are also Numbers of the Week: what do 99 and 8 tell us about Mark Zuckerberg, the British Government, and the Islamic State?

The third regular panelist, Christalla Yakinthou, rejoins us next week for a regular edition of the podcast.