Nikolas K. Gvosdev
Security, Middle East
The United States needs to think soberly about its next steps—and not stumble into a clash with Russia that it neither foresees nor desires.
That it has taken so long since the Russian intervention in Syria began in earnest, a year and a half ago, for an incident to occur that might directly pit Russian and American forces against each other has been nothing short of miraculous. That luck ran out this week, with the downing of a Syrian government...