Paul R. Pillar
Security, Middle East
Russia, Iran and the Syrian regime have been functioning as allies in the Syrian war despite their different interests.
The sudden ruffling of Israeli-Russian relations over the accidental shootdown by Syria of a Russian surveillance aircraft, killing fifteen crew members, is the sort of incident apt to happen when a modus vivendi joins parties with much different perspectives, one of them broad and the other narrow.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has the...