Paul J. Saunders


The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, which the US Defense Department said was part of the cruise missile strike against Syria, April 7, 2017. (photo by Ford Williams/US Navy/REUTERS)

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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.

Moscow’s turnaround on Turkey

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016 | Paul J. Saunders, Columnist

Common national interests such as security and economic issues remain the prime core of improved relations between Moscow and Ankara.

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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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