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FPI Visiting Scholar Mark Moyar asseses the significance and consequences of Russia's military intervention in Syria

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Overnight Brief

October 9, 2015

Admin weighs a Syria retreat, ends rebel training program

Corker considering subpoenaing Kerry to testify on Syria

Wary of escalation in Syria, US is waiting out Putin’s moves

NYT Analysis: An opportune moment for Russia’s foray in Syria

Assad tries to force West to choose between him and ISIS

Rice + Gates, Shevtsova, and Smith on Russia in Syria

James Jones and Max Boot on responding to Putin

Jeffrey Gedmin: Saving the West

AFPC report on managing the consequences of the Iran Deal

Cash crunch hits North Korean elite


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Evan Moore | October 9, 2015

The events of last week will likely be regarded as a watershed event for the Obama administration and America's standing in the world. President Vladimir Putin's intervention in Syria to support the regime of President Bashar Assad is Russia's first combat mission beyond its immediate periphery since the end of the Cold War, and makes any further action by the United States to support the moderate Syrian opposition difficult to implement.

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James Kirchick | October 4, 2015

Germany’s unlocking its doors to refugees reveals a striking set of parallels with another fateful moment in the history of opened borders: the fall of the Berlin Wall. In both cases, the collapse of a national boundary was the unintended consequence of bureaucratic confusion, spurred by the hasty conduct of a midlevel official.

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Mark Moyar | October 4, 2015

Vladimir Putin’s Syrian gambit has demonstrated once again the Russian president’s knack for outfoxing President Obama.

Again and again, Russia threatens and the president folds. The administration even reacted to news of the Russian deployment in Syria with another concession — ending an 18-month suspension of military-to-military relations with Russia, which dated back to Russia’s initial aggression against Ukraine.


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