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Director of Russian and Eurasian Programs, Center for Defense Information
Nikolai Zlobin, a former professor at Moscow State University, joined the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C., in 2001 as a Senior Fellow and Director of Russian and Asian Programs. He writes a regular column for the major Russian daily Izvestia and is the author of 11 books, the latest of which, International Communications, was published in 2004. Zlobin is also the founder and president of Washington ProFile, and the executive editor of Demokratizatsiya: the Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. He has a Ph.D. from Moscow State University.
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At a dinner with members of the Valdai Discussion Club, President Vladimir Putin spoke candidly about Russia’s relationship with the West, its role as an energy supplier and what challenges face his successor.
Although international relations have worsened over the course of Russia's G8 chairmanship year, Nikolai Zlobin writes that it is still possible to salvage something from the upcoming summit, even if it is simply an agreement to meet again next year.
The meetings this week between members of the Russian government, including President Vladimir Putin, and members of the foreign community, gave Nikolai Zlobin a chance to ask those in power about their plans, but left him with the impression that some choices had yet to be made.