Vladimir Putin's Syria gambit was always about more than Syria. And it was about more than breaking Moscow's isolation.
It was about establishing a new paradigm for global politics based on balance of power and spheres of influence.
It was about reviving a bipolar order reminiscent of the Cold War.
Putin appears to have won the upper hand in the tactical battle for Damascus.
But can he ride that to a new Yalta?
On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss Putin's quest for a new world order and its prospects for success.
Joining me are co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows -- and foreign affairs analyst Vladimir Frolov, president of the LEFF Group and a columnist for Slon.ru.
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