Nr 108 • August 2012


This issue of Diplomaatia presents a number of essays on the developments just outside Europe’s borders in the aftermath of the Arab Spring – we take a closer look at Syria, Central Asia and also Egypt after the June elections. In addition, we return to the issue of cyber security in an interview and present a new book on Estonian-Finnish relations from a historical perspective that continues to fuel debates.

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On the Wrong Side of the Arab Spring: Russia’s Syria Policy

Although perceptions about anti-Western tendencies or long-standing Soviet era ties to Syria as the sole drivers of Russian foreign policy towards Syria persist, a more detailed analysis reveals that Russia’s policy is to a large part driven by its attitude towards the international – and particularly Western – efforts to resolve the conflict.

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