Paul J. Saunders

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (2nd L) is greeted by Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit (L) before their meeting in Cairo, Egypt, May 29, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

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Rethinking Russia’s Mideast ambitions

Monday, Jul. 3, 2017 | Paul J. Saunders, Columnist

Iran and Russia make for surprising allies in the Middle East, but ultimately Russia values its own interests over any alliance.

Despite US strikes, Moscow still wants to work with Washington on Syria

Friday, Jun. 16, 2017 | Paul J. Saunders, Columnist

Though the Russians continue to protest US strikes on Syrian government forces and pro-government paramilitaries, the Kremlin is unlikely to respond as long as it remains focused on cooperation with Washington.

Trump visits Saudi Arabia, Kremlin shrugs

Monday, May. 29, 2017 | Paul J. Saunders, Columnist

Russia may be keeping quiet publicly about Donald Trump’s relations with Saudi Arabia, but Trump’s recent trip to the kingdom raises some interesting questions for Moscow.

What US-Russia fallout means for Syria

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 | Paul J. Saunders, Columnist

A collapsing US-Russia relationship could have profound consequences for Syria’s civil war and the Middle East.

Russia-Turkey rapprochement has limits

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 | Paul J. Saunders, Columnist

Russia and Turkey have made strides in improving their ties, but the relationship is going to need far more than the issuance of commemorative plates celebrating the Aug. 9 meeting of the countries' presidents in the Constantine Palace's Greek Room.

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Paul J. Saunders

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Paul J. Saunders is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Russia Mideast Pulse. He is the executive director of the Center for the National Interest. He was a State Department senior adviser during the George W. Bush administration. On Twitter: @1796farewell

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