Russia’s Middle East Power Play
Or, what Putin learned from Nixon and Kissinger.
How did #Russia reclaim great-power status in the #Mideast - and at a fraction of the cost the US has spent in the region? The answer is a case study in the kind of competitive statecraft Americans used to practice - and must now relearn. My piece
Brilliant essay by
on how Putin in Syria is playing by Nixon-Kissinger Rules. How America won the Middle East in 1973… and how Russia is taking it back today by outplaying Obama & Trump.
‘Absent an American presence, it is a safe bet that the Kremlin will swoop in with proposals to negotiate’ -
prescient in early Sept on how Moscow could use US Syria withdrawal to cement status as key regional great power