Syria News

The Russian Intervention in Syria: Policy Options and Exit Strategies

Oct 21, 2015
"The problem in D.C. goes back to 2011: strategically choosing to avoid this conflict, while at the same time staking a loud and unachievable policy position that Assad must go. From this perspective, Russia is doing the United States a favor, though it comes with bruised ego attached," writes Michael Kofman.

Five Takeaways From Bashar al-Assad’s Secret Visit to Moscow

Oct 21, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad surprised the world on Tuesday with an unannounced meeting in Moscow. Here are five takeaways from the visit.

No-Fly Zone No Answer for Syria

Oct 21, 2015
Humanitarian “safe zones” are a great idea in theory. But they’re a bad, dangerous idea in the context of the Syrian civil war.

Deconstructing the U.S.-Russian Impasse Over Syria

Oct 13, 2015
Are the United States and Russia poised to act at cross-purposes with each other or is some kind of synergy possible?

Russian Military Action in Syria

Oct 08, 2015
Now that Russian military action in Syria is underway, we asked Kennan Institute Director, Matt Rojansky, to help us understand what they intend to achieve. Can Russia help bring an end to the ongoing conflict, or will the situation escalate due to Russian intervention?

Vladimir Putin’s Upper Hand on Syria

Sep 30, 2015
"Against the backdrop of U.S. policy that has been unable or unwilling to defeat Islamic State or Mr. Assad, Mr. Putin saw an opportunity for a limited investment that would yield maximum returns," writes Aaron David Miller.

Obama and Putin at Odds Over Syria

Sep 30, 2015
To no one’s surprise, the recent meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin ended with them at odds over Syria and other issues. Will Pomeranz provides analysis.

Engaging Iran and Russia on Syria, the U.S. Has a Weak Hand

Sep 28, 2015
"But if we engage Mr. Assad’s two allies over his fate, we should be under no illusion on what the outcome is likely to be: a never-ending transition that keeps him in power (for a good while) and Russia and Iran as the key eternal actors in the Syrian drama," writes Aaron David Miller.

Why Putin’s Move into Syria May Be One Step Too Far

Sep 28, 2015
"Imperial overstretch serves as a recurring theme throughout Russian history. Putin’s grand U.N. pronouncements should not obscure the fact that he brings few deliverables — and multiple vulnerabilities — to the table," writes Will Pomeranz.

Are the U.S. and Russia Now on the Same Page About Syria?

Sep 18, 2015
"The issue with engaging Mr. Putin on Syria is not that the U.S. looks weak-–of course it does-–because Moscow has acted and Washington has not reacted. Far more concerning is that Mr. Putin appears to know what he wants: to prop up Mr. Assad, oppose the U.S., and pick up propaganda points abroad," writes Aaron David Miller.

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