The Obama administration’s strategic drift in the Middle East has opened the door for the reemergence of Russia as a major regional player. Today, Moscow is reconfiguring the traditional status quo in the region through outreach to countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and through its continued support for rogue actors such Syria and Iran. What are the drivers of contemporary Russian policy toward the Mideast? How has Russian policy been influenced by factors such as demographic decline, a growing Muslim minority, and economic considerations? How is Russia using American weakness to improve its geopolitical position?
Ilan Berman is Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council, a columnist for Forbes.com, and editor of The Journal of International Security Affairs. He is also a regular columnist for the Washington Times and a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, and other leading publications. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense and provided assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a range of governmental agencies and congressional offices. Berman is also a member of the Associated Faculty at Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies. His latest book is Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America, out this fall from Regnery Publishing.
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