The Takeaway: March 25, 2020

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Article Summary
Highlights: COVID-19 brings calls for cease-fire in Syria, which Putin seeks to exploit; Corruption is No. 1 security problem in Iran; Bread deliveries spark chaos in Jordan; and more!
 
Found in: russia on syria, russian support for assad, russian diplomacy in syrian crisis, russian involvement syrian crisis, russian influence in syria, vladimir putin, putin, lebanon protests

Andrew Parasiliti is president and chief content officer of Al-Monitor. He previously served as director of RAND’s Center for Global Risk and Security and international marketing manager of RAND’s National Security Research Division; editor of Al-Monitor; executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies-US and corresponding director, IISS-Middle East; a principal at the BGR Group; foreign policy advisor to US Senator Chuck Hagel; director of the Middle East Initiative at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and director of programs at the Middle East Institute.  He received his Ph.D. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; an M.A. from the University of Virginia; and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He is an adjunct political scientist at RAND and a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Virginia Club of New York. 

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