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Can Putin Get His Way on Syria?

By Joshua Yaffa, New Yorker - September 29, 2015

On Monday, Vladimir Putin came to New York for one day—he didn’t even spend the night, as his press secretary pointed out. The city, and the United Nations General Assembly, was the site of a one-stop tour in Putin’s effort, now centered around the crisis in Syria, to undermine U.S. dominance while raising Russia’s profile as a global player of undeniable relevance. Speaking at the U.N. for the first time since 2005, the Russian President opened his address with sharp words for “those that found themselves at the top of the pyramid” after the Cold War. The real adversary, the United States, went unnamed, as did the presence of Russian soldiers and military equipment in Syria. But both provided an obvious subtext to his remarks.

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