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Syria, Iraq and Libya update as of the 26th of March 2016


Syria: On February 22, Russia and the United States reached an agreement on a ceasefire in Syria. The ceasefire took effect on February 27 and is generally holding across the country despite reported minor violations. Continue reading Syria, Iraq and Libya update as of the 26th of March 2016

Confronting ISIS (ISIL) – A Dynamic Russian surprise in Syria poses a serious challenge to American policy in the region


  • The United States has been monitoring Russia’s recent movements of military personnel in Syria with unease the last days.

Russia’s ongoing military buildup in Syria poses a serious challenge to American policy in the region. What Russian position will best advance American interests in Syria and, more generally speaking, in the Middle East? That depends in large part on what Russia hopes to achieve. We shall not forget that the Syrian Civil War takes place into the “Russian neighbourhood” and the United States still have oil interests in the region

Translation: Washington is hyping the story in order to further its political position, and to weaken Russia’s, by framing the debate as one of ‘Russian interventionism.’ Continue reading Confronting ISIS (ISIL) – A Dynamic Russian surprise in Syria poses a serious challenge to American policy in the region