Russia and the Middle East: What does Putin Want? | Wilson Center
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Russia and the Middle East: What does Putin Want?

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The Syrian crisis continues to boil over despite the negotiations in Geneva and President Putin’s surprise March announcement of ‘mission accomplished.’ Putin, further, is pursuing an active foreign policy in the region as he seeks to address energy and security concerns. Professors Paul du Quenoy and Mark Katz discussed Russia’s actions in Syria and the Middle East as Putin keeps the world guessing as to his ultimate objectives.


  • Mark N. Katz

    Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University, and former Title VIII-Supported Research and Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute
  • Paul du Quenoy

    Former Title VIII-Supported Summer Research Scholar
    Associate Professor of History, American University of Beirut