FX – Russia

…and their Syrian adventure.

Figuring out Putin and his motives:

Gessen – Vladimir Putin’s Guide to World History

Putin Plunges Into a Caldron – Saving Assad

In Putin’s Syria Intervention, Fear of a Weak Government Hand

Pincus – Putin’s intervention in Syria may bog down Russia and vindicate Obama

Why Russia’s Syria war is bad news for the US (and why it isn’t)

Details on the ground:

Russia’s airstrikes in Syria mark a huge departure for Moscow

Kremlin Says Russian ‘Volunteer’ Forces Will Fight in Syria

Russian Soldiers Join Syria Fight

Russian Military Uses Syria as Proving Ground, and West Takes Notice

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