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Samuel Charap, senior political scientist at RAND Corporation and top expert on Russia and Ukraine, discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Western response; what Russia learned, or didn’t learn, from its military intervention in Syria; what Putin expects from China, India and the Middle East; why Russia still backs an Iran nuclear deal; whether and when Russia might consider cyber or nuclear weapons; why those advocating regime change in Russia should be careful what they wish for; and why the lack of diplomatic offramps so far foreshadows a more ominous future for Russia, Ukraine and the international system.


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