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Mr. Assad Goes to Moscow

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It appears that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is not staying home anymore because he's afraid of a coup. Yesterday he visited Moscow at the invitation of Vladimir Putin, who has been giving military support to Assad's regime.

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After their meeting, Putin reportedly promised political assistance, "in close contact with the other global powers and with the countries in the region that want to see a peaceful settlement to this conflict." Ivo Daalder, a former US Ambassador to NATO who is now president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, considers what that could mean for both military and political developments in the Middle East.

Credits

Guest:
Ivo Daalder - Chicago Council on Global Affairs - @ivohdaalder

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Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Sarah Sweeney, Christine Detz