Nowadays, the Mediterranean region’s balance of power is challenged by several conflicts and actors. Russia has taken advantage of this complex and fluid situation, becoming a key actor, expanding its military involvement, and building up political relationships. A key step in this process has been Russian involvement in the Syrian conflict since September 2015. While this was a surprising development, the paper argues that it is nonethless consistent with Russia’s regional interests and its renewed foreign policy.
The authors of this research paper are Andrea Beccaro, a Research Fellow in the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, and Anna-Sophie Maass, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Senior Academic Assistant (Political Science and International Relations) in the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe.
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