Our Man in Moscow

Vladimir Putin’s major new role in the Middle East is no accident. It’s part and parcel of President Obama’s broader strategy.


Russian President Vladimir Putin during a news conference at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit in Tehran on Nov. 23, 2015. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
Russian President Vladimir Putin during a news conference at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit in Tehran on Nov. 23, 2015. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
Essay
Dec. 1 2015
About the author

Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East (2016), is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director of the National Security Council. He tweets @doranimated.


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