The U.S.- Russian Venn Diagram

| Daniel Hoffman
Daniel Hoffman
Former CIA Chief of Station

Tuesday’s meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Russia, was the result of a phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  According to Lavrov, both heads of state directed to their subordinates to intensify the dialogue between their two countries.

The agenda was anchored in arms control and nuclear issues, but it covered the globe, where the U.S. and Russia are oftentimes coming down on opposite sides of the issues.

Some experts have criticized the Administration’s strategy of engaging with Russia’s senior leaders, saying it gives them too much credit on a world stage, for wielding more power than they actually have and not appearing tough enough on issues like Russian meddling in U.S. elections.

The Cipher Brief spoke with expert Dan Hoffman, who is a former CIA Chief of Station, about the U.S. strategy and how effective it may or may not be in keeping Russia in check.

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The Author is Daniel Hoffman

Daniel Hoffman is a former Chief of Station with the Central Intelligence Agency. His combined 30 years of distinguished government service included high-level positions not only within the CIA, but also with the U.S. military, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Commerce. Assignments included tours of duty in the former Soviet Union, Europe, and war zones in both the Middle East and South Asia. During this time, Hoffman developed substantive expertise on geopolitical and... Read More

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