Accessibility links

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.

Enjoy...

Listen to or download the podcast above or subscribe to The Power Vertical Podcast on iTunes.​

About This Blog

The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or

Show comments

XS
SM
MD
LG