Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe and Foreign Policy program, discusses the disinformation campaign waged by the Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin on the United States and European democracies through election interference, cyber-attacks, and the cultivation of political allies.
Also in this episode, David Wessel evaluates the legacy of outgoing Fed Chair Janet Yellen and the challenges facing her successor, Jerome Powell. And finally, we interviewed Noha Aboueldahab, visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, on transitional justice and the litigation of past crimes and atrocities, specifically in Egypt.
Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo with assistance from Mark Hoelscher, and to producer Brennan Hoban. Additional support comes from Chris McKenna, Jessica Pavone, Eric Abalahin, Rebecca Viser, and David Nassar.
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Just meeting with Putin by the U.S. president is not an issue. All U.S. presidents have met with the Russian president...The problem here is that this administration has done this in reverse: Usually there’s a long period of process, of prep work and negotiations…The meeting between the leaders happens last to affirm the negotiating process...So I could see—I’m not saying I’m subscribing to this view—from Trump’s perspective, that this is an important relationship that has gone a little bit off the rails…and that he needs to fix it...And, of course, every single U.S. president has come into office thinking he could fix it because of his charisma and persona, and it was…the last guy who got it wrong, and in that way Trump is not that different from Obama, or even Bush.