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Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations


Russia has produced innumerable chess grandmasters, and its president for life, Vladimir Putin, is no exception. Picture him brooding silently over the geopolitical chessboard as he planned his latest move — the weekend’s swift, stunning, and unprovoked invasion of Crimea. His boldness took America and Europe by surprise and gave Putin a decided advantage at the match’s start.


Burns, Nicholas. "Putin's Clever Game of Chess." Boston Globe, March 4, 2014.