Writings by Topic: Russia/Soviet Union

Middle East Forum Blog
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The Winter 2018 Issue of Middle East Quarterly is Out December 1, 2017
Turkey Taps Both Russian, European Air Defense Options Defense NewsNovember 13, 2017
Turkey Weighs Russian S-400 Deal against Pleasing the West Defense NewsNovember 6, 2017
MEF Spotlight: Erdoğan and the United States September 22, 2017
Turkey Mulls Purchase of Russian S-400 Air Defense System Defense NewsFebruary 22, 2017
East Germany's Undeclared Wars with Israel The Times of IsraelMay 1, 2016
Middle East Forum Radio
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Anna Borshchevskaya on Russia's Military Activity in the Eastern Mediterranean Middle East Forum RadioJuly 5, 2020
Raymond Stock on Countering Russia's Increasing Involvement in Egypt Middle East Forum RadioJune 12, 2020
Ksenia Svetlova: The Kremlin Is Not Giving Up on Assad Middle East Forum RadioMay 25, 2020
Shammai Siskind on Israel's Pivotal Cold War Exploits Middle East Forum RadioMarch 24, 2020
Amb. W. Robert Pearson: Sooner or Later, Putin Will Force Turkey out of Syria Middle East Forum RadioOctober 29, 2019
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Alex Selsky on How Russian Jews Have Changed Israel June 5, 2020
Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
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Growing Relations between Turkey, Russia Are Concern for Israel The Jerusalem PostOctober 7, 2021
Turkey Eyes Jets, Engines and Subs as It Moves Further into Russia's Orbit Defense NewsOctober 7, 2021
Ukraine Is Set to Buy 24 Turkish Drones. So Why Hasn't Russia Pushed Back? Defense NewsSeptember 29, 2021
What Does the Deraa Surrender Mean for Iran and Russia in Syria? The Jerusalem PostSeptember 9, 2021
Afghanistan's Winners: Qatar, Russia, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran The Jerusalem PostAugust 16, 2021
Russia in the Middle East: Great Ambitions, Meager Resources The Jerusalem PostMarch 25, 2021
Will Turkey Next Turn to Russia for Advanced Fighter Jets? BESA Center PerspectivesJanuary 21, 2021
Claiming to Counter Russia and Iran, Turkey Partners with Both The Jerusalem PostJanuary 3, 2021
Turkey, Iran, Russia Benefit from Azerbaijan, Armenia Conflict The Jerusalem PostOctober 26, 2020
Nagorno-Karabakh: Assessing the Rights and Wrongs The Toronto SunOctober 22, 2020
Russia's Attempts to Move Closer to Egypt Are Made Possible by US Absence The Jerusalem PostOctober 22, 2020
US Is Beefing Up Forces in Eastern Syria to Counter Russian Harassment The Jerusalem PostSeptember 25, 2020
Beware a Russian 'October Surprise' in Syria NewsweekSeptember 16, 2020
Russia Says Turkey Tested Its S-400s on US F-16 Jets The Jerusalem PostJuly 8, 2020
Erdoğan's Libya Campaign: Another Neo-Ottoman Design The Gatestone InstituteJune 3, 2020
How Putin Is Winning in Syria Middle East QuarterlySummer 2020
Misinformation and Leaks: The Love-Hate Russia-Iran Relationship in Syria The Jerusalem PostMay 7, 2020
Turkey and Russia: Not Friends After All BESA Center PerspectivesMarch 26, 2020
Can Turkey Defeat Russia's Army in Syria? The National InterestMarch 10, 2020
Don't Expect a Turkey-Russia War in Syria The Jerusalem PostMarch 6, 2020
New Joint Ventures Hint at 'Burgeoning Relationship' Between Israel and India Defense NewsFebruary 18, 2020
As Trump Gives Up on 'Endless Wars,' Russia, China, and Iran Move In The Daily BeastFebruary 17, 2020
Too Little, too Late in Syria, Where Turkey Undermined the Rebellion The HillFebruary 13, 2020
Diplomacy Alone Won't End the Iranian Threat National ReviewFebruary 12, 2020
Explaining Washington's New Pro-Ankara Policy The Jerusalem PostFebruary 12, 2020
Putin Has Painted Russia Into a Syrian Corner Bloomberg OpinionFebruary 11, 2020
Turkey Nearly Killed Off Its Own Air Force The National InterestFebruary 10, 2020
Arab States Showcase Jewish Heritage and Memory with Renovation Projects The Jerusalem PostFebruary 8, 2020
Do Syria-Turkey Clashes Presage a Wider Confrontation in the Middle East? The Jerusalem PostFebruary 7, 2020
Does Trump's Peace Plan Make the EU Less Relevant? New EuropeFebruary 4, 2020
A Swiss-Cheese State For Palestinians Won't Work Bloomberg OpinionFebruary 3, 2020
Why Russia Wants Lebanon Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2020
The Fight for ISIS's Old Territory Is Just Beginning Foreign PolicyDecember 4, 2019
Putin Plays Syria Peacemaker but Doesn't Want Real Peace The Daily BeastNovember 5, 2019
My Disastrous Meeting with the Soviets The American SpectatorOctober 30, 2019
Putin is the New King of Syria The Wall Street JournalOctober 16, 2019
Iran, Turkey, and Russia Plot US Eviction from Syria The Jerusalem PostSeptember 15, 2019
Can Turkey Seal a Deal and Get Northern Syria? The Jerusalem PostAugust 30, 2019
The U.S. Presence in Syria Blocks Iranian, Russian, and Turkish Gains The Daily BeastAugust 23, 2019
Turkey Adopts Eurasianism The Gatestone InstituteJuly 30, 2019
Russia Slams U.S. for 'Training Militants' and 'Plundering Oil' in Syria The Jerusalem PostJuly 30, 2019
Russia and Turkey are Becoming Allies, Overshadowing Israel The Jerusalem PostJuly 29, 2019
Emboldened by S-400s, Turkey Threatens Offensive in Eastern Syria The Jerusalem PostJuly 14, 2019
Getting Iran Out of Syria Is No Easy Task The Wall Street JournalJuly 9, 2019
How Moscow Views the US Role in the Middle East The Jerusalem PostJuly 1, 2019
Two Central Asia Summits Challenge the United States The Jerusalem PostJune 15, 2019
The Russians Are Coming to Turkey The Jerusalem PostMay 30, 2019
Who is Stoking War Tensions Between Russia and Turkey in Idlib? The Jerusalem PostMay 24, 2019
Turkey Keeps Talking About Building an S-500 System with Russia The Jerusalem PostMay 20, 2019
Russia Offers Su-57 Fighter to Turkey if U.S. Blocks F-35 Deal Defense NewsMay 6, 2019
How Turkey's Industry Could Suffer From the S-400 Deal with Russia Defense NewsApril 11, 2019
Russia and Turkey Are Now Deeply Entwined on Trade and Defense The Jerusalem PostApril 11, 2019
Syrians are Practicing with the S-300, Will They Ever Use It? The Jerusalem PostMarch 25, 2019
Turkey: Putin's Ally in NATO? Gatestone InstituteMarch 19, 2019
Iran Fights to Get Around US Sanctions in Iraq, Turkey, Russia and Syria The Jerusalem PostFebruary 24, 2019
A Year of Tyranny and Murder The Jerusalem PostDecember 27, 2018
Analysis: Airstrike in Damascus an Embarrassment for Syrian Regime at Crucial Time The Jerusalem PostDecember 26, 2018
Syrian Air Defense Missiles: Everything you need to know The Jerusalem PostDecember 26, 2018
How Turkey, Iran and Russia Will Try to Agree on Eastern Syria The Jerusalem PostDecember 25, 2018
Betrayal on the Euphrates jonathanspyer.comDecember 22, 2018
How Russia Defeated America in Syria The Jerusalem PostDecember 20, 2018
Iran, Turkey, Russia Threaten Israel in Eastern Mediterranean The Jerusalem PostDecember 17, 2018
Turkey's Syrian Quagmire BESA Center Perspectives PaperOctober 10, 2018
Erdoğan Visit Highlights Germany's Turkey/Russia Problem Gatestone InstituteOctober 3, 2018
Turkey-Russia Idlib Agreement: A Lesson for the US The HillSeptember 26, 2018
Russia-Turkey Agreement to Prevent Syrian Invasion of Idlib, for Now Jerusalem PostSeptember 20, 2018
What Does Russia's Condemnation of the Syria Strike Mean for Israel? Jerusalem PostSeptember 18, 2018
Moscow Faces Challenges Brokering Battle Talks with Turkey in Syria Jerusalem PostSeptember 1, 2018
Erdoğan's Dilemma Jerusalem PostAugust 30, 2018
What, If Anything, Did Trump and Putin Agree on in Helsinki? Jerusalem PostJuly 17, 2018
Thoughts On Southern Syria Syria CommentJune 24, 2018
Turkey's Tactical Bear Hug with Russia BESA Center PerspectivesJune 3, 2018
Six Sides to the Southern Syria Crisis Jerusalem PostMay 29, 2018
Putin's Endgame in Syria Has Arrived Foreign PolicyMay 24, 2018
Russia In A Bind Amid Iran-Israeli Tensions TsarizmMay 7, 2018
Syria: The Largest (and Most Important) Conflict of the 21st Century The National InterestApril 16, 2018
Can Israel Thread The Diplomatic Needle On Syria? Jerusalem PostApril 10, 2018
Russian Attack on US Troops in Syria Elicits Deafening Silence from Politicians and Press World AffairsFebruary 22, 2018
Russia's Entrenchment in Syria Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2018
Russia's Goals Go beyond Damascus Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2018
Israel Prepares for War in Syria against Iran Foreign PolicySeptember 28, 2017
'Second Turkish Republic' Looks East for New Alliances The Jerusalem PostSeptember 15, 2017
Who's Up and Who's Down in the Middle East Israel HayomAugust 24, 2017
Is Washington Ceding Syria to Russian Influence? The Jerusalem PostJuly 28, 2017
Will U.S. and Russian Forces Clash in Syria? Foreign PolicyJune 26, 2017
How Putin Unmasked Erdogan's Tough Guy Show The Gatestone InstituteJanuary 10, 2017
Turkey's Slide into Authoritarianism Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2017
Two Bullies, Putin and Erdoğan, Try Friendship The AustralianDecember 23, 2016
Can Trump Construct a New World Order? BESA Center PerspectivesDecember 18, 2016
Turkey's Difficult Détente With Russia Defense NewsNovember 8, 2016
Turkey's Exhausting Zigzagging between East and West The Gatestone InstituteAugust 23, 2016
Turkey: Headless Military, Confused Foreign Policy The Gatestone InstituteAugust 8, 2016
U.S. Mideast Retreat a Boon for Moscow and Tehran Middle East QuarterlySummer 2016
The Syrian Civil War: An Interim Balance Sheet BESA Center PerspectivesApril 6, 2016
Loss of Palmyra Reveals Islamic State Weakness The Daily BeastMarch 28, 2016
Will the Syrian Ceasefire Last? The Jerusalem PostMarch 13, 2016
How Israel Navigated through the Hurricane of the Syrian Civil War The TowerMarch 8, 2016
Why Putin Wants Syria Middle East QuarterlySpring 2016
The Consequences of American Retreat from the Middle East BESA Center PerspectivesFebruary 24, 2016
The Syrian Cauldron Boils Over The Jerusalem PostFebruary 19, 2016
Saudi Arabia and Turkey Are Walking into a Trap The Gatestone InstituteFebruary 16, 2016
Is Assad's Russian-backed Offensive a Game-changer in Syria? The Jerusalem PostFebruary 5, 2016
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq November 1–December 31, 2015
Russian Imperialism Meets Delusions of Ottoman Grandeur The Gatestone InstituteDecember 31, 2015
Putin Strikes Back Against Turkey The Gatestone InstituteDecember 5, 2015
Putin vs Erdogan The AustralianNovember 28, 2015
Why NATO Should Dump Turkey BreitbartNovember 24, 2015
Is Assad's Russian-Backed Offensive in Syria Paying Off? Syria DeeplyNovember 11, 2015
Russian Intervention in Syria Isn't a 'Game Changer' The StrategistOctober 30, 2015
Russia in Syria: Putin Fills Strategic Vacuum in the Middle East The AustralianOctober 3, 2015
Is Syria Becoming a 'Frozen Conflict'? The Jerusalem PostSeptember 24, 2015
The Bear Steps In: Russia's Expanding Military Presence in Syria The Jerusalem PostSeptember 12, 2015
More sitcom than CENTCOM Asia TimesMarch 10, 2014
Obama vs. Putin -- is the Cold War about to return to the Middle East? Fox NewsOctober 28, 2013
Muslim Russia? The Washington TimesOctober 21, 2013
US plays Monopoly, Russia plays chess Asia TimesSeptember 16, 2013
Russia's new Middle Eastern role Asia TimesJune 10, 2013
Russian and Chinese Support for Tehran Middle East QuarterlySpring 2010
Obama Shouldn't Sacrifice Allies To Please Russia Radio Free Europe / Radio LibertyMarch 4, 2009
The Rise of the Chechen Emirate? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
Russian Roulette on Iran Wall Street JournalOctober 3, 2007
The Soviets' Six-Day War New York SunMay 29, 2007
The Barzani Chameleon Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Russia and the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2007
How Chechnya Became a Breeding Ground for Terror Middle East QuarterlySummer 2005
Putin's Pro-Israel Policy Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2005
Palestinian Diplomacy - Gorbachev's Legacy Middle East QuarterlyMarch 2000
Russia's Middle East Ambitions Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1998
Russia's Back in Central Asia Middle East QuarterlyJune 1995
Russian Ambitions in the Persian Gulf Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995
On the Road: Russia and the Arabs Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995
Zhirinovsky vs. the Turks Middle East QuarterlyJune 1994
MEF in the Media
Title Publication Date
The Intrepid Duo: Pipes, Father and Son The Gatestone InstituteMay 20, 2019
Daniel Pipes on the ISIS Threat to Central Asia Eurasia ExpertJuly 24, 2017
Daniel Pipes: Erdoğan 'Capable and Willing' to Destabilize Balkans Factor.bgJune 29, 2017
Gregg Roman on U.S. Strategy in Syria i24 NewsJune 19, 2017
Russian Military Claims It Killed Senior ISIS Strategist The Washington PostAugust 31, 2016
Audio, Video and Transcripts
Title Publication Date
The Trump Administration's Foreign Policy MEF WireJanuary 12, 2017
Russia's Growing Middle Eastern Prowess MEF WireNovember 17, 2016
Putin's Middle Eastern Moves MEF WireOctober 26, 2015
The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War MEF WireJune 6, 2007
Book Title Publication Date
The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973
by Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2018
Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America
by Ilan Berman
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2014
Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908-1918
by Michael A. Reynolds
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2012
Persian Dreams: Moscow and Tehran since the Fall of the Shah
by John W. Parker
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2009
Nazis, Communisten En Islamisten: Opmerkelijke allianties tussen extremisten
by Emerson Vermaat
Summer 2009
Foxbats over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War
by Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2009
Russia's Islamic Threat
by Gordon M. Hahn
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2008
For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia
by Robert D. Crews
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2008
The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World
by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2006
Dangerous Rift: Russia's Middle East Policy
by Eugene Rumer
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2001
Russia and the Middle East: Towards a New Foreign Policy
by Talal Nizameddin
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2000
Irresolute Princes: Kremlin Decision Making in Middle East Crises, 1967-1973
by Fred Wehling
Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
Russia and Azerbaijan: A Borderland in Transition
by Tadeusz Swietochowski
Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1995
Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979-1982
by M. Hassan Kakar
Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1995
Russian Ships in the Gulf, 1899-1903
by Efim Rezvan
Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995
Pride of Small Nations: The Caucasus and Post-Soviet Disorder
by Suzanne Goldenberg
Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995
The North Caucasus Barrier: The Russian Advance towards the Muslim World Middle East QuarterlyJune 1994