It is not yet clear whether Russia’s military participation in Syria will speed up the process of a political solution in which Moscow and Washington divide interests in our region, where much of the Cold War was fought. Or will Russia seize control of the Syrian situation and limit Iranian influence over the Syrian regime, which has become a captive of the Persian state? Will Russia redraw the map in a way that makes it an indispensible player?
In Lebanon, for example, frequent foreign interventions never paved a way for a solution. Instead, they sparked wars, such as the civil war that lasted 15 years.Nayla Tueni