Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Russian Way of War in Syria: The Road to War, Political Objectives, and Military Strategy

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The Russian Way of War in Syria: The Road to War, Political Objectives, and Military Strategy

September 21, 2020 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am | Eurasia ProgramMiddle East Program

About the Event

What is the geopolitical logic behind Russia’s war in Syria and the instruments of statecraft that Moscow has used to pursue its objectives. What does Moscow’s 2015 Syria intervention say about the Russian Federation’s way of war, the Kremlin’s threat perception, and its approach to counterterrorism? How has Russia’s military performed in Syria, and what has been the war’s impact on Russian military capabilities? 

In this discussion we will examine how Russia is fighting in Syria – from strategic level down to the level of military operations –  and what this might tell us about the Russian way of war more broadly.

Learn more here about FPRI’s new edited volume Russia’s War in Syria: Assessing Russian Military Capabilities and Lessons Learned.


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Michael Kofman

Michael Kofman - Michael Kofman serves as Director of the Russia Studies Program at CNA and as a Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC. ; Author

Anna Borshchevskaya

Anna Borshchevskaya - Anna Borshchevskaya is a Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on Russia’s policy toward the Middle East. ; Author

Robert E. Hamilton

Robert E. Hamilton - Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Hamilton, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Eurasian Studies at the U.S. Army War College and a Black Sea Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. ; Moderator