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A Critical Look at Mainstream Analysis of the Russian Operation in Syria

... effectiveness of the operation would be decreasing the longer it goes on. Having weighed all pros and cons the Russian leadership likely opted to scale back its military presence before these vulnerabilities get discovered. The changing dynamic of the Russia-Iran alliance The survival of the Syrian government with Assad as the president is paramount to Russia in mid-term, even if the allies disagree on key issues, such as the military strategy and the ceasefire deal. The withdrawal of excess forces by Russia ...


Russia in a Changing Middle East

... the flow of radical ideas, terrorist fighters and recruiters into the Caucasus and Central Asia can make Russia particularly vulnerable. Before the Arab Spring Russia managed to build relationships with different players in the Middle East, including Iran, Israel, a number of Arab states, Hamas and Hezbollah. Under today's conditions of deepening interstate and inter-confessional confrontation in the Middle East, the problem of conflicting interests has become very acute for the Russian policy makers....


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