Russia's bear's grip falters
The Syrian crisis has shed a harsh light on how Russian elites have trouble conceiving of the Arab world. The Russians have subscribed to an idealized 'parallel reality' in their perception of the Syrian regime.
We should all be able to agree on a fact: Despite the growing international indignation toward it, Russia's position on Syria has remained remarkably consistent throughout the crisis there. By blocking passage of any resolution at the UN Security Council, Russia has gained both an international visibility and influence that go far beyond its means. And it is precisely this on which the Kremlin seeks to...
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