Russia’s foreign policy has been for the greater part of the 20th and 21st century to be very heavy handed. Considering the background of many of the Russian Civil servants and politicians brinkmanship is no surprise as a tactic to keep other countries away from their interest. Recently both the U.S. and France have announced they are ready to send military strikes against Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in Syria. Since the war on terror began Russia has been very wary of NATO intervention in the area as it has threatened the unspoken truth of Russia’s dominance over Central Asia and parts of the Middle East including Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and the Caucasus.
Contributed by: Christian Zamora-Akers