If You Cannot Solve a Problem, Make it Bigger: Russia in Syria
Date: 2016-09-05

The 20th Masarat issue, published November 2015/Safar 1437.


When Russia jumped into the fray, adding yet another layer of complexity to the already intractable Syrian conflict, commentators and politicians responded predominantly by projecting their hopes unto a game-changer seen as shifting a hurting stalemate toward its denouement. The prospect of a dangerous escalation making the crisis even more difficult to solve was largely dismissed, based on a rather speculative and wishful understanding of Russia’s intentions or capacities.


This paper, systematically unpacks and analyses Moscow’s role in Syria, in a historical perspective, and seeks to identify exactly in what ways Russia can be expected to help.

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