Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

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Russia's Policy in the Middle East: Prospects for Consensus and Conflict with the United States

Dmitri Trenin

March 2010

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


By the beginning of the twenty-first century, Russia had recovered from its domestic crisis, and so had its global ambitions. While Moscow’s principal interests still lie mostly toward the West, the Middle East is back on Moscow’s radar screen and Russia’s withdrawal from the region has been reversed.