war on the rocks

Russia’s Annual Withdrawal from Syria

December 20, 2017

Episode Notes:

Michael Kofman, a research scientist at CNA, talks with Jason about Russian President Vladimir Putin's most recent declaration of victory and withdrawal from Syria. Michael explains how these recurring declarations of withdrawal are aimed at domestic Russian audiences and are really merely a rotation of troops and give Putin breathing space for another year of operations. He also discusses Russia's involvement in the determining the outcomes of a future Syria.