Saturday, February 16, 2013

Putin Personality Disorder - By Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy | Foreign Policy

Putin Personality Disorder - By Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy | Foreign Policy

 FEBRUARY 15, 2013
Russia's president may like to look tough, but he's weaker than you think.

Russia merited just one mention in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, an offhand remark that his administration will continue to "engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals." Obama's first term did see some thaw with Moscow -- the "reset," a modest relationship with then President Dmitry Medvedev, and the passage of the New START agreement -- but it's clear that things have become frostier since Vladimir Putin returned to power. It's an indication of an impasse in dealing with the Kremlin -- and perhaps one that is fundamentally about personality. No one in Washington really knows what to make of Russia's famously immodest and opaque leader.

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