Game-Changer: Russia’s Involvement in Syria Shifts Balance of Power (Interview with Sputnik News)

October 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM


Russia’s military involvement in Syria is undeniably a game-changer in the Middle East, US geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser told Sputnik, adding that Washington will definitely try to restore its shrinking positions in the region at all costs.

It is naïve to believe that Washington will eat its humble pie and admit that its decade-long policy in the Middle East has been a complete failure; it is more likely that US hawks will do whatever it takes to bolster their shrinking influence in the region.

“Although the US may be a declining power, it is certainly not an impotent one; there are many countermeasures that Washington could take in response to the ascendance of Russian and Iranian influence [in the Middle East],” US geopolitical analyst and editor Eric Draitser told Sputnik.

Possible US-NATO Counter-Strategy

According to Draitser, first and foremost, the US will try to use Russia’s airstrikes in Syria as a wedge to drive Turkey and Russia further apart. So far, Washington will solidify Turkey as a staunch US ally, rather than as a NATO member but also Russian strategic partner, the geopolitical analyst elaborated.

“This could take many forms, from working to undermine the potential “Turk Stream” pipeline project to motivating Turkey to mobilize and invigorate the terror networks it manages in Central Asia and China’s Xinjiang province. It is well-documented the relationship between Turkish intelligence and a number of jihadi groups including al-Nusra Front and the Islamic Army of Conquest in Syria, as well as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) of Uighur terrorists in Xinjiang and Pakistan.  The US understands the importance of Russian-Turkish economic cooperation which is worth tens of billions of dollars, and will likely use this as leverage against the Russians,” Draitser underscored.

Continue reading the interview here

Russia, Syria, and a Possible US-NATO Counter-Strategy?

October 9, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (October 8, 2015) on the significance of Russia’s mission in Syria, and what it means geopolitically and historically. Draitser also asserts that Russia’s move in Syria will not go unchallenged by the US and its proxies, and that a new phase of destabilization should be expected.

CPR Roundtable: Russia in Syria, US Divide & Conquer, and the Emerging Multi-Polar Order

October 8, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Eric Draitser appears on Community Progressive Radio’s Sunday Roundtable (October 4, 2015) with security analyst Mark Sleboda and journalist/broadcaster Don DeBar. Eric, Mark and Don discuss Russia’s fight against terrorism in Syria, and the political and geopolitical implications of the Russian mission in the Middle East. They examine some of the US strategies being employed to foment chaos and maintain Washington’s hegemony in the region. The conversation also touches on the world-historical importance of the events we’re witnessing in Syria. All this and more in this in depth discussion.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria: The Practical and Symbolic Meaning

October 8, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Eric Draitser of provides his short commentary (October 7, 2015) on Russia’s motivations in Syria. He notes that while Russia has very pragmatic reasons for becoming involved in Syria, the mission is also symbolic; Russia is sending a message to the US and, most importantly, to the world, that unchallenged US hegemony in both the political and military spheres is no longer the reality.

Russia and Syria: Cooperation against ISIS/ISIL

October 8, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Eric Draitser of appears on RT (October 6, 2015) to discuss Russia’s ongoing airstrikes against ISIS/ISIL in Syria. Draitser explains that the use of human shields by terrorists demonstrates the importance of cooperation between air and ground forces, and that Russia’s strategy of partnering with the Syrian government is absolutely correct. He notes that any effective counter-terrorist operation requires a combination of air and ground forces, precisely what Russia has argued. He further adds that this demonstrates the weakness of the US strategy which seeks to both attack ISIS and the Syrian government, making real progress all but impossible.