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An Examination of Russia's Role in the Syrian Conflict

Washington, DC
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Heritage Foundation examined the factors playing out in the civil war in Syria, and the political strategy Russia is pursuing in its support of Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad.

Speakers debated the argument that Russia's support of Al-Assad with arms and diplomatic protection represents a Middle East policy designed to weaken U.S. and European influence in the region.

Panelists included: Stephen Blank of the U.S. Army War College; Ariel Cohen of the Heritage Foundation; Robert Freedman of Johns Hopkins University; and James Phillips of the Heritage Foundation.

Steven Bucci, senior research fellow in defense and homeland security at the Heritage Foundation, moderated the discussion.

Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 1:24pm (ET)

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