The Syria Crisis and the Making of Russia’s Foreign Policy

Ekaterina Stepanova
IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences
PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 199
June 2012

Russia’s policy on the Syria crisis has been a litmus test revealing the more general pattern of Russian foreign policy thinking and behavior. This policy can hardly be understood fully if it is reduced to a mere ”outcome” of some static ”causes” or well-defined ”interests.” Rather, it should be seen as part of an actor-centered process that is activated and driven by a combination of several key factors and influences, including external and internal developments and constraints.

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