Monday, August 06, 2018

[004] ‘MTSU On the Record’ previews July 16 Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. —An expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union will look ahead to the July 16 summitbetween U.S. PresidentDonald Trumpand Russian President Vladimir Putinon the next “MTSU On the Record”radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Andrei Korobkov, a professor of political science and international relations, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 15, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5and

In advance of the two leaders’ meeting in Helsinki, Finland, Korobkov examined possible summit topics, such as Iran’s involvement in the Syrian civil war, the possibility of a formal U.S. recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the New Start nuclear weapons treaty.

Korobkov said the Trump administration’s preparation for the summit is interesting in that Trump has depended more on National Security Adviser John Boltonthan on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The professor said former President Richard Nixoncrafted his foreign policy in much the same way.

“Nixon had horrible relations with the State Department since the McCarthy days, and he created, essentially, a second State Department within the White House,” Korobkov said, “so all diplomacy was personal. It was very covert, and it was going through Henry Kissinger and the National Security Council. And it looks like the same is happening here (with Trump).”

Korobkov has provided analysis and perspective on Russian politics for news agencies worldwide, including Bloomberg, Radio Liberty, Sputnik International and the British Broadcasting Corporation. He’s been a member of MTSU’s faculty since 2000.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800. 

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