On the home front, Russia is a nation in turmoil. A flagging economy, shrinking population, with some rural areas that still don’t have running water. Yet Russia has emerged from the ashes of post-Soviet Communism as an international broker of mediation and disruption, lead by President Vladimir Putin.
How did Russia manage to reappear on the world stage and play a weak hand so effectively? In her book, Putin’s World, author and foreign policy expert Angela Stent examines the country's turbulent past, how it has influenced Putin, the Russians' understanding of their position on the global stage and their future international ambitions.
Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and a professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University. From 2004 to 2006, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. She is the author of The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century.