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A Syrian man casts his ballot at a polling station in the city of Idlib as voters elect the city's first civilian council, two years after it was overrun by rebels and jihadis, Idlib, Syria, Jan. 17, 2017. (photo by OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Moscow now sees value in Syrian local councils

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 | Anton Mardasov, Contributor

Russia has come to realize that some opponents of the Syrian regime are actually moderates rather than terrorists and that a move to empower local governments could help resolve the conflict.

Are Russia, US ready to cooperate on Syria and beyond?

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

Moscow is taking a wait-and-see position as the new US administration takes shape, but Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to see the potential for military and political cooperation with the US not witnessed since World War II.

Russia’s strategic vision for Israel

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 | Dmitry Maryasis, Contributor

Russia considers itself a potential major partner to Israel and a key player in bringing stabilization to the Middle East.

How Russia's Muslims view Trump's anti-Islam stance

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 | Yekaterina
Chulkovskaya, Contributor

Russia is home to 20 million Muslims, yet many officials and citizens are withholding judgment — at least publicly — on the US ban to keep out people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Will Iran challenge Russian interests in European natural gas market?

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 | Nikolay Kozhanov, Contributor

Iranian gas exports have been held back not only by sanctions, but also by Iran's lack of energy infrastructure and the country's domestic calculations.

Moscow offers stage for Palestinian talks

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 | Vasily Kuznetsov, Contributor

All parties involved in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks must put long-term achievements ahead of immediate gains if the problems are ever to be solved — starting with reconciliation among Palestinian factions.

Russia offers outline for Syrian constitution

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 | Maxim A. Suchkov, Editor, Russia-Mideast

Russia’s three-pronged plan for Syria’s constitution addresses secular and Kurdish concerns, as well as governmental structure, including limits on presidential power.

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