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Episode 180: The Competent Trump Oxymoron and Ukraine’s Future

Good evening, listeners! We have another great episode for you this week, as host Richard Aldous speaks with Kirk Bennett about Ukraine and Russia before discussing Trump’s incompetence with Nils Gilman.

First, Kirk Bennett, a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer who served in both Russia and Ukraine, returns to the program to discuss America’s long-term strategy in Ukraine, and how that matches up against Russian ambitions in the region.

Then, Nils Gilman, vice president of programs at the Berggruen Institute and a monthly columnist here at The American Interest, argues that Trump won the presidential election because of—not despite—his erratic behavior, and that his incompetence is an essential part of his popular (and populist) appeal.

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Published on: October 3, 2017
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