- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Last winter, when Vladimir Putin appeared to be staying out of the public spotlight following a mysterious injury and a memo was leaked from Kremlin spin-doctors suggesting that he embrace a milder less macho image, I wondered if we might see fewer of the over-the-top, outdoorsman photo-ops that the Russian president has become known for.
Judging by last week’s mini-submarine voyage and the video above, we needn’t have worried.