How Russia outplayed America in the Middle East's great game

By entering Syria, Putin has completely outwitted Obama

Vladimir Putin meets with military men.
(Image credit: REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Pool)

The cliché of the Russian chessmaster strategist might be a cliché for a reason. The regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin might have feet of clay, but the man is smart.

By going all-in on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war in Syria, he has put Russia at the center of the great game in the Middle East.

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