If Russia overplays its hand, Belarus could instead mover toward the West, setting the stage for a potential geopolitical showdown in Minsk.
Governments in the militant-plagued region will seek to maximize Moscow's support while maintaining ties with their Western allies.
Pretty much everything in Syria has gone Moscow's way. Events on the horizon, though, suggest that won't always be the case.
By Omar Lamrani
Moscow and Ankara are most pleased by their new deal on northern Syria; the rest of the area's actors aren't.
Putin's acknowledgment of Russian involvement in the strategic Chinese project highlights how mutual concerns over U.S. actions have tightened their ties.
Moscow would couple any new deployments of its intermediate-range missiles with rhetoric blaming the United States for the treaty's collapse and subsequent weapons buildups.
Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton sits down with "Six Days of the Condor" author James Grady to discuss what makes today's world infinitely more vexing when it comes to security, geopolitics and diplomacy compared with the days of the Cold War.