• Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Biden, Russia, and the Middle East

    Biden’s task in the Middle East is to reduce U.S. involvement without allowing Russia to take advantage of the resulting vacuum.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    What Will Biden Offer Russia in Syria and Libya?

    The impending reappraisal of U.S. policy on the Middle East can’t definitively be described as good or bad for Russia. In some respects, it will create hurdles for Moscow, but new opportunities may also arise.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    In Libya’s War, Russia Is Directionless—and Falling Behind

    At some level, Russia’s approach to the war in Libya seems successful. Yet Russia can only achieve so much without a clear idea of what its interests in Libya are and what the country is good for beyond a demonstration of the influence Moscow has gained by intervening militarily in Syria—possibilities that are shrinking as the United States turns its attention anew to the country’s years-long war.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Russia and Turkey: Flexible Rivals

    If the relationship between Russia and Turkey is a marriage of convenience, then right now the two sides are staying in it purely for the sake of the children: i.e., the political investments that Putin and Erdogan have made in developing bilateral relations when not everyone approved.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Can Russia and Turkey Bring Peace to Libya?

    Having declared themselves mediators in the civil war in Libya, Russia and Turkey will try to replicate the model of cooperation and mutual accommodation they developed in Syria.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    The Iran Crisis Can Be a Boost for Russia

    If Syria becomes the setting for a clash between Washington and Tehran, this could be a major problem for Moscow. Until now—and not without Soleimani’s help—Moscow had always managed to find a compromise with the pro-Iran forces in Syria. It’s not clear how the situation will develop now.

    • Op-Ed

    Russia’s Comeback Isn’t Stopping With Syria

    Russia is back and here to stay. Others had better accept it and learn to deal with it — without undue expectations, but also without inordinate fear.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Should the United States Be Worried About Russian Activity in the Gulf?

    Considering the prospects for trade, Washington shouldn’t yet be concerned by the growth of Russian influence in the Gulf. It’s obvious, however, that Arab countries are being increasingly proactive in diversifying their connections. Moscow is simply making use of this to gain economic and political advantages.

    • Op-Ed

    Russia Will Get Stuck in Syria for a Long Time

    Carnegie Moscow Center’s Director Dmitri Trenin and Rethinking Russia discussed his new book “What Is Russia Up To in the Middle East?”, Moscow’s role and place in the region, the future of Syria and the Islamic State as well as Russia’s Syria collaboration with Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the U.S.

    • Op-Ed

    Putin's Plan for Syria

    Russia realizes that with the war waning and reconstruction looming, others will begin to step forward in Syria, including China, Europe, and Japan. Moscow will seek to partner with them to secure a piece of the lucrative reconstruction effort.

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