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Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Thursday, June 28, 2012

BBC on Russia and the Port of Tartus

The BBC has a timely assessment of Russia's use of the Syrian port of Tartus, often cited as a major reason for Russia's willingness to support the Asad regime to the last ditch. There is a tendency sometimes to overinflate the importance of access to naval facilities in assessing political calculations, and in the article Russian analysts downplay the importance of Tartus.

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