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Russia's Intervention in Syria

Russia’s Strategic Pivot to the Middle East 2015

Paper No. 6021                                      Dated 12-Oct-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s strategic pivot to the Middle East in 2015 manifested by the Russian military intervention in Syria arises not only from Russian imperatives to bolster President Asaad’s regime in Syria but also that Russia’s strategic pivot to Asia Pacific  declared in 2012 failed to take off primarily due to China complicating the Russian initiative primarily focused on Japan.

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