Podcast (Audio only)

Who is Vladimir Putin? Observers have described him as a "man from nowhere"—someone without a face, substance, or soul. In their new book, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Putin is in fact a man of many and complex identities. Clifford Gaddy discussed the book’s major themes and examined Putin as the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Understanding Putin's multiple dimensions is crucial for policymakers trying to decide how best to deal with Russia.


  • Clifford G. Gaddy

    Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution