Russia and Iran in Syria and Beyond: Challenges Ahead December 22, 2020

22 Dec 2020

Russia and Iran in Syria and Beyond: Challenges Ahead

By Andrey Kortunov, Aleksey Khlebnikov, Mehdi Sanaei, Mahmood Shoori

Russia Working Paper #59/2020

RIAC and the Institute for Iran-Eurasia Studies

This paper aims to analyze the pivotal points of the Middle Eastern crises and to which extent the interests of Moscow and Tehran overlap or contradict each other. Some of the key issues of the political situation in the region were assessed, such as the situation in Idlib, the prospects for a political process in Syria, Israel’s role in the region’s future, the path to Syria’s reconstruction and the impact of U.S. policies on the emerging new order in the Middle East. Both Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran regard each other as necessary components of the regional architecture that they envision for the Middle East. The paper attempts to shed light on the views of Moscow and Tehran on these issues.