Putin Prioritizes Syria. Biden Should Too.

Author
Anna Borshchevskaya
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Abstract
Moscow is in Syria for the long haul and will continue to undermine American efforts there. In recent months, Moscow intensified its activities in Syria against the backdrop of a changing US administration. The Kremlin sent additional military policy units to eastern Syria, and continued diplomatic engagement through the Astana format, a process that superficially has international backing but in practice excludes the United States and boosts Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Moreover, Moscow also unveiled at its airbase in Syria a statue to the patron saint of the Russian army, Prince Alexander Nevsky. A growing Russian presence in Syria will further hurt Western interests.
Topic
Security, Defense Policy, Conflict, Syrian War
Political Geography
Russia, Middle East, Syria, United States of America