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A great flurry of activity and concern has surrounded Russia’s diplomatic coup in Syria, with some commentators predicting Moscow's ascension to a position of influence in the region accompanied by a broader return to adversarial great power politics. Regardless of how the Syrian conflict resolves, Russia’s presence in the Middle East needs to be taken…

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By Alexis Shklar


A turning point in the Russian-Iranian relationship could occur next month as Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares for his first talks with Iran since early July. President Putin’s aide confirmed that the Rouhani-Putin meeting will take place on September 13, 2013 in Kyrgyzstan during the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation…

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