Russia

The Limits of Russian Strategy in the Middle East

by Ben Connable and Becca Wasser
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and the RAND Corporation looking at Russia’s strategy in the Middle East on 28 March 2018. 

In the nearly three years since Russia’s intervention in Syria, Moscow has managed to prevent regime collapse. To some, this intervention along with increased economic and political engagement […]

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    Russia in the Middle East: Trust no one, but sign business deals

Russia in the Middle East: Trust no one, but sign business deals

by Agathe Demarais
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and the RAND Corporation looking at Russia’s strategy in the Middle East on 28 March 2018. 

Over the last few years, Russia’s foreign policy objectives have appeared twofold: first, President Putin wants to re-assert Russia’s role on the global stage, if possible on par with the US. […]

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    Russia and Iran: Common Interests, Ongoing Differences and Growing Risks

Russia and Iran: Common Interests, Ongoing Differences and Growing Risks

by Mark N. Katz
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and the RAND Corporation looking at Russia’s strategy in the Middle East on 28 March 2018. 

Moscow shares several interests with Tehran. Both oppose American influence in the Middle East. Both fear their internal democratic opponents and believe that America supports them. Both fear […]

Iran’s Relations with Russia: From Tactical to Strategic?

by Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and the RAND Corporation looking at Russia’s strategy in the Middle East on 28 March 2018. 

Tehran’s relations with Russia generally fluctuate between tactical and strategic. From an Iranian perspective, this is mostly due to two factors: who is in power in Iran and what is […]

Between Baghdad and Erbil: Russia’s Balancing Act in Iraq

by Maxim A. Suchkov
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and the RAND Corporation looking at Russia’s strategy in the Middle East on 28 March 2018. 

‘Iraq today is not a unified state but rather a collection of territories, the economic, social and political ties of which are stronger with external powers than amongst themselves.’ […]

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