In approaching the latest turmoil in the Middle East, Washington should use every means at its disposal, short of war, to influence countries whose futures are up for grabs.
In Defense of Political Warfare
Don’t Expect the Jerusalem Summit to Drive a Wedge between Russia and Iran
Later this month, an unprecedented meeting will take place in Jerusalem among the top national-security officials of the U.S., Israel, and Russia to discuss the situation in Syria. Moscow is likely to seek financial aid for the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country, or at the very least an easing of sanctions on Bashar al-Assad. Washington and Jerusalem are likely to pressure the Russian government to reduce the presence of Iranian forces and Iran-backed militias in Syria, or at the very least to keep them away from the Israeli border. But to Anna Borshchevskaya, any promises made by Vladimir Putin’s representatives are not to be trusted:
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