Russia Doesn't Solve Conflicts, It Silences Them

By On June 12, 2018

Russia Doesn't Solve Conflicts, It Silences Them

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Russia Doesn’t Solve Conflicts, It Silences Them

The Kremlin’s involvement in the Middle East has raised Moscow’s profile while letting underlying tensions fester.

By Ibrahim Fraihat, Leonid Issaev |
Members of the Russian military police hand out food aid to Syrians arriving in a convoy carrying displaced people in Idlib province, on June 1, 2018, with a banner on a Russian military vehicle seen in the background showing the portraits of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad , and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Members of the Russian military police hand out food a id to Syrians arriving in a convoy carrying displaced people in Idlib province, on June 1, 2018, with a banner on a Russian military vehicle seen in the background showing the portraits of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad , and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Ibrahim Fraihat is an associate professor in international conflict resolution at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. He is the author of Unfinished Revolutions: Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia after the Arab Spring. Follow him on Twitter: @i_fraihat.

Leonid Issaev is a senior lecturer at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

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