His name is on the lips of every American these days–Vladimir Putin. How has he reclaimed the international spotlight as the leader of a country that by most objective measures has barely functioning economy? His bravura, unusual methods for attacking political systems and military adventurism which results in few casualties or critics are key elements in his rise to a position where CNN calls him ‘the most powerful man in the world’. So, what is ‘Putin’s Master Plan’? The o-author of a book of the same name, Evan Roth Smith, looks ahead on Putin’s chessboard to tell us what we can expect.