Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs Russia and Iran in the Syrian Crisis: Similar Aspirations, Different Approaches – By Tatev Antonyan


11 Sept 2019 – The revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests that began in Tunisia in

December 2010 and spread across the Middle East has led, at least in some

cases, to a change in government. In Syria, of course, events took an even more

dramatic turn, resulting in the bloody civil war that continues to this day. Iran

and Russia are the two leading external actors in that conflict. The similarities

and differences in their strategic approaches are rooted in their policies and geopolitical

interests in Syria. Russian and Iranian interests lie behind their steadfast

support for the Assad regime, but are also why Russia, contrary to Iran, does

not seek to deepen its involvement in Syria.


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