A look at the Russian presidential election and Vladimir Putin’s hand-picked successor Dmitry Medvedev, the challenges he faces at home, including restoring rule of law and sustaining economic growth. Plus a look at tensions with the West over missile defense, Kosovo independence and NATO expansion.


  • Andrei Sitov Washington bureau chief for Itar-Tass.
  • Kim Holmes Vice President of the Heritage Foundation, in charge of all foreign policy and national security studies. He was formerly Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs during President George W. Bush's first term. He's also author of a new book, "Liberty's Best Hope: American Leadership for the 21st Century."
  • Rose Gottemoeller Formerly a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,she now serves as director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
  • David Remnick David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker since July, 1998, began his reporting career at The Washington Post in 1982. He is the author of several books, including "King of the World," "Resurrection," and "Lenin's Tomb," for which he received both the Pulitzer Prized for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.

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