Recalculating Russia with Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

Welcome back to the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs, the entirely student-run podcast out of Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. – Russia relationship is at a near thirty year low. From the Russian annexation of Crimea, to covert poisonings authorized by the Kremlin abroad, interference in democratic elections, and most recently, a massive cyber espionage campaign against the United States, Russia under Vladimir Putin has become an increasingly dangerous threat to US foreign policy interests, and the risk of escalating conflict is high. In this episode of POFA, we tackle this issue with Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman.

00:00 – 20:00:  Our conversation begins with a discussion on Vindman’s most recent article in Foreign Affairs, in which he discusses the importance of convening a summit of Democracies to fight back against the rise of authoritarian leaders and states.

21:00 – 46:00 We then dive in to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the U.S. – Russia relationship since, and how Vindman believes we should approach U.S – Russia relations moving forward.

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Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman (Retired) was most recently the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Army, he served as a Foreign Area Officer with assignments in Moscow, Russia and for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a Political-Military Affairs Officer. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was the principal author for the Global Campaign for Russia. He is currently a doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute, a fellow at SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, and a Visiting Fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. His book HERE, RIGHT MATTERS (HarperCollins) will be published in the spring of 2021.


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