Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts FPRI Book Release: Russia’s War in Syria: Assessing Russian Military Capabilities and Lessons Learned

FPRI Book Release: Russia’s War in Syria: Assessing Russian Military Capabilities and Lessons Learned

| Eurasia Program

About the Event

This event will hold a conversation among Chris Miller, Robert Hamilton, and Aaron Stein – the co-editors of the book. This event will be moderated by FPRI's Eurasia Program Deputy Director Maia Otarashvili. We will also hear from FPRI's President Rollie Flynn on the book release.

About the book: 

FPRI’s forthcoming edited volume entitled Russia's War in Syria: Assessing Russian Military Capabilities and Lessons Learned is a uniquely detailed assessment of Russian statecraft in Syria. It examines Russia’s ground, aerial, and naval operations from the perspectives of foremost subject-matter experts from the US, Europe, and Russia. 

In the first chapter, written by Anna Borshchevskaya, she examines the geopolitical logic behind Russia’s war in Syria and the instruments of statecraft Moscow used to pursue its objectives there. Borshchevskaya’s chapter proceeds from the national strategic level of war and works its way down to the military-strategic level. Chapter three, authored by Michael Kofman, picks up at the military-strategic level and works its way down to the level of military operations, examining how Russia is fighting in Syria and what this might tell us about the Russian way of war.  The next three chapters cover the performance of Russia’s military services in the war and the effect of Syria on each. Les Grau and Charles Bartles assess the Russian Army in chapter four; Ivan Lavrov covers the Aerospace Forces in chapter five, and Igor Delanoe covers the Navy in chapter six. In chapter seven, Bob Hamilton draws general conclusions from the preceding chapters and discusses implications for Western policy and strategy toward Russia. Learn more here. 

Table of Contents 

Setting the Stage for the Intervention

Robert Hamilton, Chris Miller, Aaron Stein

Russian Way of War in Syria: Threat Perception and Approaches to Counterterrorism

Anna Borshchevskaya

Syria and the Russian Armed Forces: An Evaluation of Moscow’s Military Strategy and Operational Performance

Michael Kofman

Russian Ground-Based Contingent in Syria

Lester Grau and Charles Bartles

Russian Aerial Operations in the Syrian War

Anton Lavrov

Russian Naval Forces in the Syrian War

Igor Delanoë 

Implications for the West

Robert Hamilton


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Chris Miller

Chris Miller - Chris Miller is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Eurasia Program. He is also Associate Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Robert E. Hamilton

Robert E. Hamilton - Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Hamilton, Ph.D., is the Head of Research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Eurasia Program and an Associate Professor of Eurasian Studies at the U.S. Army War College.

Aaron Stein

Aaron Stein - Aaron Stein is a Black Sea Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and Chief Content Officer at Metamorphic Media/War on the Rocks.

Maia Otarashvili

Maia Otarashvili - Maia Otarashvili is the Director of the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. ; Moderator