War in Syria: Russian Press Coverage, 2015-2017 fills a unique niche in political and military studies by presenting key events in the Syrian civil war—the deadliest conflict of the 21st century—from a perspective that differs markedly from Western reportage.
Coverage starts with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s September 2015 decision to send military forces into Syria. The book closes on a hopeful note, just after the signing of the May 2017 Astana agreement to establish “safe zones” in the war-torn country.
Articles are authored by a broad range of Russian commentators, including diplomats, military experts, political analysts and journalists. Publishing sources are all based in Russia, but they run the gamut from state-sponsored newspapers to independent online journals. Carefully translated and annotated, War in Syria contains material never before published in book form in English. This collection is a must-read for students, professors, researchers, journalists and anyone else wanting to learn more about Russia’s role in the Middle East in particular, and in geopolitical conflicts and diplomacy in general.
Editors’ Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Russia’s Decision to Intervene in Syria: Motivations, Tactics and Strategy
2. Damaged Relations With Turkey
3. Russian, Western Goals Clash in Syria
4. Partnership Between Russia and the West
5. Syrian Conflict in the Global Security Context
6. Moscow, Washington Broker First Syrian Ceasefire
7. Russia Pulls Its Troops Out of Syria
8. Russia, US Move Closer to a Deal as Focus Shifts to Aleppo
9. Russian-Iranian Cooperation
10. Russia, Turkey Restore Relations
11. Turkey Launches Operation Euphrates Shield
12. Syria Ceasefire Brokered – and Broken
13. Russia, Turkey and Iran Launch the Astana Process
14. Trump Election Touches Off Changes in Anti-ISIS Coalition
15. US Responds Militarily to WMD Attack in Syria
16. Astana Process Resumes With ‘Safe Zones’ Agreement
Newspaper and Author Index