What Is Russia Up To in the Middle East?
What Is Russia Up To in the Middle East?

The eyes of the world are on the Middle East. Today, more than ever, this deeply-troubled region is the focus of power games between major global players vying for international influence. Absent from this scene for the past quarter century, Russia is now back with gusto. Yet its motivations, decision-making processes and strategic objectives remain hard to pin down.

So just what is Russia up to in the Middle East? In this hard-hitting essay, leading analyst of Russian affairs Dmitri Trenin cuts through the hyperbole to offer a clear and nuanced analysis of Russia's involvement in the Middle East and its regional and global ramifications. Russia, he argues, cannot and will not supplant the U.S. as the leading external power in the region, but its actions are accelerating changes which will fundamentally remake the international system in the next two decades.

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  • December 2017
  • 144 pages
  • 130 x 190 mm / 5 x 7 in
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1 HISTORY

Chapter 2 WAR


Chapter 4 TRADE


About the Author
Dmitri Trenin is the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
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"How did Russia engineer its return to the Middle East? In this succinct, lucid account, Dmitri Trenin reminds his readers of Russia’s long historical ties with the region, and also of the domestic factors that have driven the Kremlin to pursue an interventionist policy there."
Angela Stent, Survival

"A timely narrative of Moscow's noisy, though deftly executed and clearly efficient, re-insertion in the Middle East. Trenin is deeply familiar with the Kremlin's decision-making though cognizant of Russia's limited resources. Heavily informed by geopolitics, Trenin convincingly demonstrates the large impact of regional politics on the shifting equations among global powers."
Ghassan Salamé, Professor of International Relations Emeritus, Sciences Po, Paris

"Trenin offers an indispensable and authoritative account of Moscow's motivation in the Middle East. Rooted in history and lucidly told, he paints a compelling portrait of Russia as a power "with no permanent friends and no eternal enemies", ready to kick over regional tables on its global comeback to geopolitical top table."
David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times

"In contrast to the plethora of books analysing the United States’ relationship with the Middle East, there is very little, in English, which addresses directly the relationship between the Soviet Union/Russia and the region… That is why Trenin’s short book is so valuable."
Arab Banker

"A valuable analysis of the hidden complexities and historical roots of Russian foreign policy in the Middle East."

"An empirically rich and sober account, which could not be timelier …Trenin offers clear answers to those who ask: 'What is Russia up to in the Middle East?'"
Changing Character of War Centre

“Trenin packs a great deal of substance into this slender volume."
Foreign Affairs

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