The Man Who Lost An Empire

In 1921, the year before he founded the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Vladimir Lenin challenged his fellow Bolsheviks with a rhetorical question: “Who overtakes whom?” Joseph Stalin preferred a starker version: “Who-whom?” Both saw politics as a deadly competition in which the winner takes all—war by other means.


div">> img width="120" height="120" alt="" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset=" 120w" data-src=""">Strobe Talbott

Distinguished Fellow in Residence - Foreign Policy


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