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Veteran TV journalist Greg Dobbs to discuss America’s relationship with Russia

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Greg Dobbs will lead a Vail Symposium presentation and discussion titled “On Putin and Russia" on Tuesday, July 12, in Lionshead Village.

VAIL — Vladimir Putin's backbone was shaped not only by his KGB career in the service to the Soviet Union but also by his nation's legacy of nationalism and its history of suffering.

As Russia is pushing its way back onto the world stage, America must begin asking questions such as: Are the Russians anything like us? Will the Russians ever see eye-to-eye with us? Should the Russians scare us? Or, do the Russians actually threaten us?

Appearing on ABC News for 23 years, Greg Dobbs covered the Soviet Union and, after the transition, traveled back to Russia to report three documentaries. On Tuesday, Dobbs will answer many of the aforementioned questions in a talk at The Grand View in Lionshead Village with the Vail Symposium beginning at 6:30 p.m.

"The fragile relationship between America and Russia is something that is becoming increasingly more important," said Dale Mosier, chairman of the board of the Vail Symposium. "We are very pleased to have Greg Dobbs offer his expert opinions on these important questions."

For 10 of his 23 years with ABC News, Dobbs was an international correspondent based in London and Paris. He covered the Iranian revolution and occupation of the U.S. Embassy, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, civil war in Lebanon and the ejection of the Palestine Liberation Organization from Beirut, Iran-Iraq war, political turmoil that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain, civil war and deaths of Irish Republican Army hunger-strikers in Northern Ireland, assassination of Anwar Sadat in Egypt and civil war in Zimbabwe.

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Dobbs' experience as a foreign news correspondent breathes life and realism into current events. In Vail, Dobbs will challenge and help shape the audience's views on foreign policy by discussing what has changed and what hasn't in Russia, as well as how clashing American and Russian opinions matter most to the world.

"His (Dobbs') boots-on-the-ground news coverage in more than 80 countries and his direct experience with Russia will offer a unique learning opportunity right here in Vail," Mosier said. "His talk isn't one to be missed."

Limited seating is available for the event, so advanced registration is recommended. Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org to register or to learn more.

If you go …

What: “On Putin and Russia,” with Greg Dobbs.

When: Tuesday, July 12; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. program.

Where: The Grand View, Lionshead Parking Structure, Vail.

Cost: $25 online general admission, $35 at the door; $10 students and teachers.

More information: Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org to register.