Who is Putin-Other Than the Man with His Finger on the World's Largest Stockpile of Nuclear Weapons?
February 13, 2013


President Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin’s reelection this year as President of Russia was marked by unprecedented and widespread street protests. After accusations of U.S. involvement in fomenting and financing the opposition to the Kremlin, anti-American rhetoric has been reignited and, recently, Russia expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from the country.  President Putin continues to defy the international community—specifically the United States and NATO—by supplying weapons to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad’s regime and supporting Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Fiona HillFrom the KGB to the Kremlin, Mr. Putin has been an enigmatic figure both domestically and internationally. Fiona Hill, co-author of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, joins the Council to discuss the complexity of Mr. Putin—the dominant political figure in Russian leadership for more than a decade, his vision for Russia, and the implications of both for future relations with the United States and the rest of the world.

Facilitator Edward Turzanski, Resident Scholar at the Council, Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and national security analyst at La Salle University will join the discussion.

The Council would like to thank
Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council
for their support of its event.


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President Putin has invited President Obama to Moscow next year--but will there be cooperation or criticism in the coming four years between the two countries?

Featured Book:

Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin
Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin by Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy


Federation of American Scientists - Status of World Nuclear Forces

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Wednesday, February 13, 2012

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