Author: Xenia Grushetsky
Truth Is Stranger Than Reality TV - Who Will Be the ‘Survivor’ of Geopolitics?
The wildly successful US reality television series "Survivor" is currently in its 33rd season. While this makes it a veteran in the world of television, that is hardly a record for the world of politics. In fact, the Digest has seen more than its fair share of reality TV drama unfold on its pages. Truth is stranger than fiction, after all.
This week is no exception.
Two tribes appearing to work together, at least as an ad hoc alliance, are Russia and the US, which seem to have reached a tentative deal on Syria. Both US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, refused to release the text of the actual agreement, saying it contains very sensitive information, writes Vedomosti. They did, however, outline the general idea: An initial cessation of hostilities for 48 hours, "with an extension of another 48 hours, leading to permanent compliance with this truce," Lavrov said at a joint press conference following the talks. The cessation of hostilities should hold for seven days. Then, a special center would be set up in Syria "to delineate terrorists from the moderate opposition." The Russian Aerospace Forces and the US Air Force are planning to work in tandem to target terrorists in certain regions (while the Syrian Air Force would stay out of those areas).
Experts are skeptical that the ceasefire will hold. The biggest issue is that it would be very difficult to distinguish the moderate Syrian opposition from terrorists. Moreover, the Syrian opposition views the agreement as a betrayal by Washington. Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, the deal makes Russia the winner. Not so, argues Carnegie Moscow Center’s Aleksei Malashenko: "Moscow made several significant concessions in the talks: Assad’s fate is not reflected in the documents, but he ...
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|Article Title||Letter From the Editors: Sept. 12 - 18, 2016|
|Source||Current Digest of the Russian Press, The , No.37, Vol.68, September 12, 2016, page(s):2|
|Place of Publication||Minneapolis, USA|