Will Syria Be a New Ukraine?

My latest for Pacific Standard today: will Syria turn out to be a new Ukraine?

Based on Russia’s track record of prolonging rather than resolving conflicts, its brokering of the ceasefire this week with the U.S. is anything but certain.

Russia treats the various conflicts it’s involved in like burners on a range, where it can dial up or scale back the heat when expedient. Putin is arguably less interested in bringing lasting peace to war-torn Syria, and more so in managing the conflict for the longer term by bringing it to a simmer.

Read more here.

(Photo: Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

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