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March 15, 2022

Putin’s State of Mind with Robert Dannenberg (Part 2)

Episode 214

(Part 2 of 2) - As the world watches the evolving situation in Ukraine, many experts question the mindset and stability of Vladimir Putin. Are his tactics pure madness, or is this a more calculated strategy than we realize? This week host Elisa is joined by former CIA official Robert Dannenberg to dissect Putin’s history, current behaviors, and future intentions. What is Putin thinking and what is his endgame?

Robert Dannenberg worked in the Central Intelligence Agency for 24 years, including as Chief of Operations for the Counter Terrorism Center, Chief of the Central Eurasia Division and Chief of the CIA’s Information Operations Center. He then served as the head of the Office of Global Security for Goldman Sachs. 


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