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This episode features Aspen Strategy Group Director Nicholas Burns and ASG member and Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott discussing Russia and Putinism. In this discussion, they follow up on a lecture Talbott gave at the Aspen Institute back in August. That lecture, entitled “Putinism: The Back Story,” focused on Russia’s current policies, turning a lens on what Talbott asserts are the undoing of recent reforms. Here, Burns asks Talbott to reflect on what has changed, and what hasn’t, over the last eight months.
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Tricia Johnson is editorial director of public programs at the Aspen Institute.