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The danger of Russian and Turkish competitive machismo in Syria

December 1, 2015, Sam Charap and Jeremy Shapiro

The downing of a Russian jet by Turkish fighters has brought the dangers posed by Moscow’s intervention in Syria into sharp relief. While the Russian and Turkish Presidents trade insults and display their competitive machismo, the world faces the prospect of a military crisis between Russia and NATO. Although we do not yet know what Russia’s response will be, we can safely assume that it will not increase the prospects of peace and stability in Syria. Cooler heads should put a stop to this escalatory spiral now.

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