Russia’s Military Intervention in Syria: Its Roots, Challenges, and Opportunities for the Kremlin

  • Author / Creator
    Basar, Christian
  • This thesis investigates the reasons for and consequences of Russia’s combat mission in Syria, which started in September 2015. Through the analysis of Russian and Western sources, parallels are drawn between the Kremlin’s current campaign and the Soviet Union’s use of Syria as a base in its ideological conflict with the West during the Cold War. Syria provided an opportunity for both the Soviet and modern Russian governments to project power, primarily through military deployments and diplomacy. It is concluded that the success of modern Russia’s Syria operation (i.e. saving Syria from “regime change”) has forced the Western governments, who have also taken part in the Syrian conflict, to consider Russia as an important global power.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2019
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    Master of Arts
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