Syria

Donald Trump has been the president of the United States for half a year. Over this time, observers have been trying to see through the cloud of his often controversial and conflicting statements at what might constitute his true vision of international relations. Trump’s recent speech in Warsaw was the best window into his outlook. Although he provided some good answers, the feeling after the speech was that now we have more questions than answers...
Two PONARS Eurasia members contributed to the special issue of Pathways to Peace and Security, "Addressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization: Perspectives from Russia and the United States," published by Russia’s Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). The volume is an academic effort, involving nine Russian and eight U.S. researchers, to explore the substance, underlying drivers,...
(RMR blog) In what seems to have become an annual tradition, I was on the Blog Talk Radio show Midrats this week, talking about the Russian military, Russian political developments, Russian relations with the United States and China, and the like. The recording is now available on the show’s website. The show description is as follows: Episode 385: Springtime for Russia? To say that the profile of Russia since the American elections last fall...
Erik Herron 24 May 2017
(WRNR Talk Radio) Erik Herron discusses Russia, U.S.-Russian relations, Syria, Chechnya, Vladimir Putin's domestic political system, Russia's undermining of Western institutions, the situation in Turkey, Donald Trump's orientation on foreign interventions, Trump campaign-Russia relations, Russian disinformation, China's global engagements, human rights, and more (starting at timestamp 27:30). Listen here © WRNR Talk Radio
(Russian Military Reform) One last set of slides from the Moscow International Security Conference, this one mostly maps describing operations in Syria. A lot of the slides in this set were actually videos being played through powerpoint, so those are not included here.  See the slides | Russian Military Reform blog
(ABC Australia) The latest effort to bring peace to Syria has suffered a major setback with the main opposition group walking out of Russian-backed talks, despite Vladmir Putin holding 24 hours of talks with the key players. Beverley O'Connor speaks with political analyst Mikhail Troitskiy. Troitskiy: Russia and Vladimir Putin have already been making some concessions and this talk of safe zones within Syria is one of those concessions. I guess...
PONARS Eurasia 03 May 2017
(VOA) U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone Tuesday, their first such conversation since Russia condemned a U.S. military attack against Syria last month in response to a nerve gas attack launched on civilians by Syrian forces. The two leaders discussed the civil war in Syria, as well as the situation with North Korea, according to the White House, which described the conversation as "a very good...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Nikolai Sokov 01 May 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) In late 2015 and early 2016, Russia demonstrated in Syria that it had acquired long-range, precision-guided, conventional-strike capability, the use of which has implications far beyond military utility. Moscow’s willingness to use this newly acquired class of military power in support of its foreign policy is a challenge both to the West’s monopoly on global power projection, which it has held since the end of the...

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