The Thread That Links Protests in Belarus, Russia, and Lebanon

Sept. 1 2020

As brutal crackdowns have failed to put an end to popular unrest in Belarus and mass protests have broken out in the Siberian city of Khabarovsk, dissatisfaction with the status quo in Lebanon is at its height. Anna Borshchevskaya argues that all three pose problems for Vladimir Putin, who is invested not only in maintaining his rule over Russia, but also in propping up the current regimes in Minsk and Beirut. To Putin, the present situation in Belarus is an ucomfortable reminder of the “color revolutions” that swept through former Soviet republics in the 2000s, and removed pro-Kremlin dictators:

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More about: Belarus, Hizballah, Lebanon, Russia, Vladimir Putin

 

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war