The rise of personalist rule
The Brookings Institution
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Putin a personalist autocrat expelled ISIS from Syria, when a democratic Obama desired a lasting stalemate. Putin helped form the Iran deal, and supports Palestinian liberation, and opposes racist one state for Israel. Although the annexation of Crimea was obviously far from democratic, what forms of “adventurism” are you referring to conducted by Putin? Crimea should be considered a border skirmish, not “adventurism”, in the US style of the global war on terror. Crimea was a district containing mostly ethnic Russians who were formerly part of Russia.

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