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Syrian quagmire deepens

The Middle East is yet again becoming a great power playing field. Anthony Ricketts, Michael Clarke andRodger Shanahan assess US strategy in the region.

Anthony Ricketts asks if Russia's Syrian intervention signals the end of United States primacy in the Middle East, in this opinion for the Canberra Times.

In ASPI's Strategist, Michael Clarke points out that Washington has been unable to construct a 'solvent' strategy in Syria, whereby commitments accurately reflect US vital interests and don't exceed US capabilities to protect or prosecute those interests.



Writing for The Drum (ABC) Rodger Shanahan argues Barack Obama's strategy in Syria may appear modest for the president of a superpower, but none of his critics have been able to come up with anything that resembles a coherent alternative.

Updated:  16 October 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College