Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Advantage Russia in international power struggle?

President Obama's decision to postpone the vote on military action in Syria and favour diplomacy may prove popular with many members of the public both in the United States and across the world. This against the backdrop of an increasingly tense relationship between the US and Russia.

An international game of chess appears to be in play. President Vladimir Putin seems to have secured a major victory given Obama's decision came after Russia's motion for Syria's chemical weapons to be stockpiled and placed under international control, a suggestion welcomed by both Syria and the United Nations.

Much of Obama's speech actually only echoed his previous addresses. The distinct impression was given that the Americans had been caught off guard by Russia's surprising idea.

Powerpolitics is undoubtedly the key element in the continuing crisis. The  victor will set the agenda for the future of Syria.

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