- Daniel Treisman: President-elect Donald Trump is forming a deeply troubling bond with Russia's Vladimir Putin
- Even if Trump wishes to bargain for US interests, he has already given Putin the upper hand in negotiations
- Worse yet, like Trump, Putin has cultivated a reputation for unpredictability, leading to a potentially highly volatile cross-Atlantic relationship
Daniel Treisman is a professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, author of "The Return: Russia's Journey From Gorbachev to Medvedev," and director of the Russia Political Insight project. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)In the 1962 political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate," a hostile government uses covert measures and secret agents in an elaborate plot to get its favored candidate elected president of the United States. The scenario seemed fanciful even at the height of the Cold War.