Squashing the rebellion where it began.
A setback in the great-power competition.
Putin’s foreign minister entertained Hizballah in Moscow.
War, and the threat of war, is key to the regime’s legitimacy.
The two goals are complementary.
Russia is helping Tehran smuggle arms to Syria and Lebanon.
Relishing frozen conflicts and divided countries.
Moving troops and holding conferences with the aim of securing a victory for Assad.
And how it connects to the quest for the remains of a legendary Israeli spy.
Buying vaccines to save a citizen.
If the U.S. wants to be tough on Moscow, it should pay attention to the Kremlin’s goals in the Middle East.
Alexei Navalny doesn’t seek to avoid prison, but to defeat Putin.
An island of influence.