Building on its own postwar experience, Russia should support the restructuring of the special services in Syria in order to ensure Russia’s lasting influence.
Russia faces a conundrum in Syria: how to modernize the armed forces while the regime’s political priorities undermine proposed reforms in personnel management, force generation, and unit organization.
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Istanbul has become a refuge for many Arab communities, but the city’s cosmopolitan ways are also changing them.
Instead of Europe becoming a serious foreign policy actor, Turkey and the war in Syria are weakening the credibility of both NATO and the EU—while the suffering continues in Idlib.
The dramatic escalation in the governorate may hide a high-risk Russian negotiation tactic.
It’s too late to defeat the Assad regime, but a humanitarian intervention by the EU and NATO could prevent countless deaths and another massive refugee crisis.
A summit in Istanbul on March 5 has a slim chance of resolving Turkish and Russian contradictions over the Syrian region.
A discussion about Turkish President Erdogan’s dismantling of the rule of law, Turkey’s foreign policy of “permanent disruption” and the possibility of a humanitarian disaster in Idlib.
Changes to Syria’s conscription law will prevent the repairing of relations between the armed forces and civilians.