The War in Syria Has Been a Boon for the Russian Military
Late last year, Vladimir Putin declared that Russia had accomplished its mission in Syria and would begin withdrawing its forces. However, in a situation reminiscent of U.S. experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, Russia appears set to retain a military presence in the shattered country for the foreseeable future. This was the main theme of a recent panel at the Center for the National Interest (CFTNI) on “Russia’s Intervention in Syria”; not only has Russia become acclimated to being in Syria, it has also developed substantial equities there. The panel included Paul J. Saunders, Executive Director of CFTNI, Colonel Robert E. Hamilton (ret.), associate professor of Eurasian Studies at the U.S. Army War College, and Michael Kofman, senior research scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses. Gil Barndollar, Director of Middle East Studies at CFTNI, moderated the discussion.