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Pentagon studying Putin's body language to better predict behaviour

Published on Mar 8, 2014 6:50 AM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi on March 7, 2014.  A Pentagon research team is studying the body language of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other foreign leaders to better predict their behavior, officials said Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Pentagon research team is studying the body language of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other foreign leaders to better predict their behaviour, officials said Friday.

The project, previously conducted under the State Department, is now backed by the Defense Department's Office of Net Assessment. Putin's psychological profile was last updated in 2012, a Pentagon official said.

Advocates of such studies argue that it could help US officials anticipate the Russian leader's actions after he ordered troops into neighboring Ukraine, taking control of the semi-autonomous Crimean Peninsula, which has led to tensions with the West reaching levels not seen since the Cold War.

Pentagon analysts have studied about 15 foreign leaders including Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, North Korea's Kim Jong Un and late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

 
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