Anna Borshchevskaya is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on Russia's policy toward the Middle East.
Articles & Testimony
Putin has a long list of achievements in the Middle East and is not leaving the stage anytime soon, so Washington must respond to the hardnosed realism that drives him to undermine U.S. influence.
As Washington policymakers pivot their attention toward China, Russian President Vladimir Putin has secured a strategic win in Syria. Not only has Moscow shored up Bashar al-Assad, it has also secured basing rights in the strategic Eastern Mediterranean for at least the next 49 years. Moscow is using this position as a springboard to project power into NATO’s southern flank, boost arms sales, and cultivate a regional perception of a Great Power that stands by its allies. Adversaries and allies alike see Russia as a key interlocutor that can talk to all sides. Simply put, Russia is a reality they have to deal with, whether they like it or not...