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Jul 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Helsinki, on Monday, July 16th, a day after the World Cup final in Moscow, in what will be their first ever bilateral summit. Amongst the numerous issues at hand, the agenda will likely include Russian election meddling, Syria, North Korea, Iran and the current price of oil. What should we expect from this meeting and how will US domestic political sensitivities might affect the agenda? Listen to a discussion between Russia and international law expert Professor William Burke-White, the Director of Perry World House, and Perry World House Associate Director Michael C. Horowitz.

Episode Overview:


0:55 - Intro

2:05 - Russia and The World Cup

2:55 - What’s on the agenda for the Helsinki Summit?

4:45 - What are the potential areas for cooperation?

6:05 - How might US political sensitivities might shape the agenda?

7:28 - Russia: Friend, Foe or Competitor?

9:27 - What might Trump concede to Putin?

11:25 - What can the US gain from Russia?

13:10 - How might the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty play into the current situation?

15:02 - What possible mistakes might President Trump make?


Music and Produced by Tre Hester