The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a discussion in advance of Russia’s 2018 presidential election with Carnegie’s Eugene Rumer, RAND’s Samuel Charap, George Washington University’s Henry Hale, CSIS’s Olga Oliker, Georgetown University’s Angela Stent, and moderated by Susan Glasser of Politico. The experts unpacked Russian attitudes, politics, and interests on the eve of the March elections. Rumer discussed possible U.S. responses to the attack against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom, efforts to get out the vote ahead of the election, and Putin’s fourth term agenda. He also emphasized Putin’s dichotomous goals for Russia to be a major global power and simultaneously isolated from the rest of the world.
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