Six Shades of Gray: Increasing Nuance and Variable Pragmatism in Russian Middle East Policy
USMA Research Unit Affiliation
Army Cyber Institute
Despite the popular quip that, when it comes to geopolitical grand strategy, Russians play chess not checkers, the reality has not always reflected this ideal. While Cold War Soviet strategists always envisioned themselves playing a rather more complicated game, the predicable Russian moves were more reminiscent of straightforward checkers than of the multifarious choreography of kings, queens, knights, and bishops. Have times changed? Has Russian strategy found a checkmate?