“Moscow’s Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now” by Carlo José Vicente Caro.

Carlo José Vicente Caro, contributor to our news and analysis section, examines Russia-Syria relations in the article “Moscow’s Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now?”, published by the Huffington Post.

There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifically in the Syrian Armed Conflict. Most of the objections coming from these analysts concentrate on one sided-arguments and therefore ignore the historical relationship that Moscow has had with Damascus. Many of the reasons given for why Russia is in Syria could be part of the general spectrum of things – they are neither completely false nor completely true – yet they all sidestep history as an unfounded phenomenon. They paint an ingenious yet delusional picture of a foreign intruder coming out of nowhere to the aid of an internal despot, while ignoring the fact that the relations of cooperation between Syria and Russia were established literally as the former gained independence from the French and thereby became a modern nation-state. The objections raised by many analysts are therefore tantamount to objecting to the historical assistance from the United States to Israel. Both are indeed unrealistic arguments.

Full article HERE.

CARLO JOSE VICENTE CARO has an M.S. in Security Studies from Northeastern University in Boston and an M.A. in Islamic Studies from Columbia University in New York.

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