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A man walks while using his phone past damaged buildings in Daraa, Syria July 15, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir)

Syrian cease-fire a delicate balance of vastly different goals

Monday, Jul. 17, 2017 | Hamidreza Azizi, Contributor

Iran welcomes the Russian/US truce initiative in southern Syria, but will Russia be able to keep juggling the broad, and often conflicting, interests of the various players?

Incessant scandals threaten US-Russia progress on Syria

Friday, Jul. 14, 2017 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

Moscow and Washington will need to safeguard any progress in their relations against fresh controversies and those opposed to cooperation.

Dueling critics find US, Russia too cozy — or too far apart

Monday, Jul. 10, 2017 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

The US and Russian presidents covered a lot of ground — including the conflict in Syria — during their unexpectedly long meeting last week, and while the countries’ future relations remain uncertain, the men agreed to disagree on some fronts.

The Kremlin’s contradictory behavior in Syria

Friday, Jul. 7, 2017 | Anton Mardasov, Contributor

Russia and Turkey consider establishing a military base in Idlib, Syria, as Moscow encourages the Collective Security Treaty Organization to deploy peacekeepers.

US escalation in Syria strengthens Iran-Russia partnership

Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017 | Hamidreza Azizi, Contributor

The race to recapture eastern Syria may soon lead to direct confrontation between the US-led coalition and Syria’s Russian and Iranian allies.

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.

French shift on Syria could open doors in Russia

Friday, Jul. 7, 2017 | Igor Delanoe, Contributor

France’s newly elected president has indicated he is open to talks that could leave Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power, bringing the country closer to Russia’s stance.

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