Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia (REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky).
Vlad and Yuri: How Putin is applying the lessons of Afghanistan to Syria
October 5, 2015,
Russian President Vladimir Putin is following in the footsteps of his old KGB boss Yuri Andropov, who took the Soviet Union into Afghanistan in 1979 to shore up a failing client in Kabul, says Bruce Riedel. To succeed where Andropov failed, Putin will need to devote considerable resources and manpower to save Bashar al-Assad, explains Riedel.