Vladimir Putin and friends at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in September 2015. EPA/Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria NovostiWhile international attention has focused on Russian military operations in Ukraine and Syria, Moscow has also been involved in a flurry of diplomatic and security initiatives to address the growing instability in northern Afghanistan.
But its moves to bolster regional security are more than just a response to local security concerns. Russia has a broader strategy that could leave it as the dominant security actor across much of Eurasia.
Even before the shock of the Taliban occupation of Kunduz in late September, Russian officials …read more
Source: The Conversation