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Is The Bear Back In The Wood, And How Should The E

Season 3, Episode 8 of 9

The 1980's presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan burned into the American consciousness an image of our country's relationship with Russia - the image of the need for strength and vigilance against a scary "bear in the woods." With the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought the bear was gone, but since the rise to power of Vladimir Putin, concern about the expansion of Russian power and influence in the world - from Russia's annexation of Crimea to hybrid warfare in Ukraine to cyber-attacks on the electoral systems of the Western democracies - has returned in many quarters. Is the bear back in the woods and, if so, what is to be done about it? Guests: Dr. Stephen Kotkin, historian and Director of the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University; Dr. Alina Polyakova, Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, a former Deputy Secretary General of NATO and former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation.

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