Hogueras, satirical structures made of cardboard portraying current events and personalities, of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) and US President  Barack Obama are displayed ahead of the annual San Juan (Saint John) celebrations in Alicante on June 23, 2014. Fires are lit throughout Spain for Saint John where the Hogueras and objects people no longer want are burnt as individuals make wishes as they jump through the flames. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN

Podcast: Jonathan Harris, Why do American leaders (and pundits) have such confused conceptions of the USSR and Russian Federation?

jon_harrisAmerican leaders’ definition of the relationship between domestic and foreign policy foster primitive views of the foreign policies of both the USSR and Russian Federation. Their obsession with the “promotion of democracy” produces similar conclusions about the nature of the Russian political system under Putin.

Jonathan Harris is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise are Comparative politics, USSR and Russian Federation, and international politics.


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