Published on Feb 7, 2013
Click here for full video or audio of this event: http://goo.gl/omJa1 Click here to buy “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin”: http://goo.gl/9g7aL On February 6, 2012, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted the launch of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin featuring a panel discussion to explore how Vladimir Putin has singularly defined Russian leadership and its role in the world in the new century. The discussion featured Hill and Gaddy, who will examine how Putin has turned himself into the ultimate political performance artist and how his identities have shaped the way the political and economic system operates today in Russia. Brookings President Strobe Talbott, who served in the U.S. State Department from 1993 to 2001 as ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union and then as deputy secretary, also joined the panel. In this clip, Strobe Talbott discusses how Russia is changing but Putin’s beliefs and his practices are not. His attitude and inability to modernize the economy and to quiet the growing discontent in the middle class could ultimately be his undoing, Talbott says.