National Security Podcast Extra: The Helsinki head-scratcher

The world has become accustomed to the disruptive presidency of Donald Trump, but few could have imagined the extraordinary press conference between Trump and Putin this week in Finland. Standing next to the Russian President, Trump cast doubt on his own intelligence community in favour of the word of a former KGB officer that Russia did not covertly swing the 2016 election in his favour. In this special National Security Pod Extra, Chris Farnham hears from Russian foreign policy expert Matt Sussex about what might really be behind Trump’s apparent bromance with Putin. Listen here: https://simplecast.com/s/ef6f11db

Associate Professor Matthew Sussex is the Academic Director at the National Security College. His main research specialisation is on Russian foreign and security policy.

Chris Farnham is the presenter of the National Security Podcast. He joined the National Security College in June 2015 as Policy and Events Officer. His career focus has been on geopolitics with experience working in and out of China for a number of years as well as operating in Australia and Southeast Asia.

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