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Perspective — Russia’s Response to Terrorism

Perspective — Russia’s Response to Terrorism

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The U.S. and Russia are tasked with reaching a Syrian peace agreement. Russian intervention in Syria was initially a surprise; while the stated goal was the defeat and destruction of terrorism it became evident that the Kremlin was lending support to Assad in direct contrast to U.S. goals. However, there are likely ulterior motives for Russia’s, Putin’s, intervention. This paper offers an overview of Russia’s response to terror, specifically emanating from Chechnya, and argues that certain policies – covert and overt – were aimed at securing Putin’s electoral position and intentionally prolonging the Syrian crisis as a way to express dissatisfaction with the global status quo.

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