Tuesday, January 23, 2018
With recent appearances on NPR and CBS This Morning, Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, is now one of the go-to Russia experts for radio and television. Marten’s big break came on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart (March 6, 2014), where she explored the reasons for Vladimir Putin deciding to risk so much on Crimea. More recent media appearances are clustered around Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow: NPR’s All Things Considered (April 11, 2017) and Charlie Rose (April 14). It’s easy to see why Marten keeps getting invited back. She’s good at taking large, complex issues, and breaking them down into bullet points. For example, from the Charlie Rose appearance on April 14, 2017: What does Putin want? Answer: (1) to remain in power; (2) to go down in history as the man who made Russia great again; (3) to be treated as an equal. Or: Putin is a tactician; someone who’s reactive and opportunistic. Breaking down the narrative into manageable and memorable bytes, and having recourse to thumbnail psychological sketches, allows Marten to get her point across in the tight time frames of the fast-paced media.
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