NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff spent four years as NPR's bureau chief in Moscow, where he reported as Russian President Vladimir Putin cracked down on dissent, seized Crimea, and led Russia into war in eastern Ukraine. Since his recent return to the U.S., Flintoff has been following the revelations of the Trump administration's ties to Russia, and what that could mean for the future of relations between two of the world's most potently armed nations.
He spoke live in a roundtable discussion at Brown University the evening of Thursday April 6, 2017, mere hours before President Trump launched a missile strike against an Syrian airfield. While technically his analysis is now "out of date", it's also remarkably prescient and a fascinating dive into the mind of Russian President Vladmir Putin and both how and why Putin sees issues like Ukraine, the Crimea, Arctic resource drilling and the climate-change-induced "Northern Passage", and, yes, the ongoing civil war in Syria.
Flintoff was joined on stage by Brown faculty — Jonathan Readey of the English Department, Linda Cook of Political Science/Slavic Studies and James Morone of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy — for a conversation about reporting on Putin's Russia and the evolving relationship between Russia and the U.S