Some of the uncertainty surrounding Russia’s political future has passed. The December 2007 parliamentary elections are history, the presidential succession seems clear, and the range of options for Vladimir Putin’s future role has been considerably narrowed. Yet, at each turn, other uncertainties remain and new ones arise.
In the eyes of most of the outside world, at least those of Europe and the United States, the Russian electoral process so far has failed to measure up to benchmarks of democracy and free choice of policies and personalities. Rather, this process has been about legitimizing the notion of entrusting the country’s future to something called “Putin’s Plan,” thus ensuring preyemstvennost’ politiki (continuity of policy) beyond the scheduled end of Putin’s term of office in May 2008.
What exactly is Putin’s Plan, and from where does it come? What are its goals? What are its implications for Russia’s domestic and international relations?
Brookings Senior Fellow and former U.S. State Department Special Envoy on Climate Todd Stern spoke at the US Climate Action Center, at the COP 24 UN climate negotiations, on the future of the Paris Agreement in Katowice, Poland on December 10, 2018.
[On the U.S. negotiating team at the COP 24 climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland] They work seriously, effectively and knowledgeably. There is only this technical negotiating team, not a political one.