Cold War Redux with Prof. Khrushcheva

Published on August 2, 2018

Last week, SGPIA Professor Nina Khrushcheva joined Victoria Nuland, Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and Andrew Weiss, Former Director, Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council for a panel entitled “Cold War Redux” at the Aspen Security Forum.

Professor Khrushcheva kicked off the event, saying “what I’ve learned over the years is that autocrats love autocrats. They deal with them better, they subscribe to the same kind of view of the world, that they are top of it, and the rest is nothing. And Trump does like this kind of leadership.” She referenced Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and how he praised the way North Korean citizens “listened” to him. She spoke about the importance of psychology to urge the community to look into personality types of these types of leaders before half-joking “it could just be that simple – Donald Trump likes Vladmir Putin because he has this incredible steely gaze.”

When the panel discussion turned to the Helsinki Summit, Professor Khrushcheva said “I’ve been studying Putin for 18 years, and he had a blast. I mean, he didn’t expect Donald Trump to fold that easily – but he could not have not felt complete satisfaction – ‘I told you those Americans are idiots, I’m showing you how idiotic they are.’ And I think these two tensions between the Putin who is on top of the Kremlin…and the Putin who still nurses this small man of 5’7” height… I don’t think they can be separated.”

Watch the rest of the panel here.

This summer, Professor Khrushcheva has published a number of pieces relating to President Trump, President Putin, and US-Russia relations and been featured on several news shows. Find a selection of her work and appearances below!

“A Crisis of Ethical Leadership.” Project Syndicate. June 28, 2018.

VIDEO: “Trump’s ‘agent of chaos’ tactics will not go well with Putin’s ‘steely gaze’, says expert.” CNBC. July 13, 2018.

VIDEO: “Trump goes against anything that America has ever stood for.” AM Joy, MSN. July 15, 2018.

“Trump’s admiration for Putin has made him stunningly easy to manipulate. Now the show heads to the White House.” NBC News. July 21, 2018.

“Trump’s Gambling Problem”, Project Syndicate. July 30, 2018.