Introduction by:
Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council
A conversation with:
Mr. Alexander Golts
Visiting Fellow, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Deputy Editor

Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Brigadier General Peter Zwack (Ret.)
Senior Russia-Eurasia Fellow, Institute of National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
; Former US Senior Defense Official and Attaché to the Russian Federation
US Department of Defense

Moderated by:
Dr. Ariel Cohen
Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

The recent escalation of military activities in Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine and military power projection in Syria demonstrate massive improvements in Moscow’s military capabilities. Russia is using hybrid warfare and conventional military operations to achieve its geopolitical goals: apply massive pressure against the democratically elected government of Ukraine, keep Kyiv from European integration, and punish Ukraine for its Western and Euro-Atlantic choices. It also has created a credible threat against the Baltic states – NATO members. In Syria, Russia-led military operations successfully buttressed the Assad regime, assured Russian military presence in strategic coastal towns of Tartus and Latakiya, and established an air base in Khmeimim.
The Russian military has learned to coordinate operations with several Middle Eastern allies: the Syrian Army, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the Hezbollah terrorist organization. Apart from Moscow’s geopolitical objectives, these operations are designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of Russian-made weapons to potential foreign buyers, to test new Russian military capabilities, and to display new capacities to potential adversaries. Russia is now the main adversary of NATO in Europe and the second great power in the Levant – after the United States and its allies.
The Atlantic Council will bring together a panel of experts to discuss Russia’s military power and the lessons learned from Russia’s military performance in Syria and Ukraine.
We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.

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