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Eliot A. CohenThe Implications of Russia’s Mafia State
Good evening, listeners, and happy new year! We’ve got an excellent episode for you this week as Eliot A. Cohen joins us to shed light on what it’s like to work in the final year of a presidential administration. Next Maria Snegovaya examines worsening U.S.-Russian relations.Richard first welcomes Eliot A. Cohen, TAI columnist and the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, back to the program to discuss what it’s like in the final year of an administration, drawing on his own insights from his tenure as Counselor of the Department of State in the Bush Administration. It’s a fascinating, unsparing look at what confronts Obama Administration officials in 2016.Then, Maria Snegovaya, a doctoral student in political science at Columbia University and a columnist at Russia’s top business daily Vedomosti, returns to the show to talk about Russia’s decision to name the United States as a threat to the country’s security in its latest National Security Strategy. She goes on to discuss how Russia’s ruling regime has crafted a kind of mafia state, and why it’s a mistake to approach diplomacy with Moscow with a conventional “realist” approach. (Please accept our apologies for any problems with audio fidelity during this conversation, as Ms. Snegovaya was joining us from St. Petersburg.)Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow Eliot Cohen @cohen_eliot, Maria Snegovaya @MSnegovaya, and our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous on Twitter.