Nowadays, the Mediterranean region’s balance of power is challenged by several conflicts and actors. Russia has taken advantage of this complex and fluid situation, becoming a key actor, expanding its military involvement, and building up political relationships. A key step in this process has been Russian involvement in the Syrian conflict since September 2015. While this was a surprising development, the paper argues that it is nonethless consistent with Russia’s regional interests and its renewed foreign policy.
Andrea Beccaro is Research Fellow in the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin, Warsaw.
Anna-Sophie Maass is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Senior Academic Assistant (Political Science and International Relations) in the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin, Warsaw.