EMF Conference – New Developments in Air Power in Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean

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Brigadier General IDF (Retd.) Asaf Agmon
EMF Conference 5-7 December 2016
Larnaca, Cyprus

Due to the Russian involvement, the balance of power in Syria has changed dramatically since the beginning of the uprising against Bashar al-Assad. The air strikes have played crucial role in this development. Since the opposition forces have no air power, the Syrian regime, backed by Russia, has managed do gain a de facto air dominance in Syria. With the deployment of Russia’s sophisticated S300 and S400 air defence systems, this domination has become unchallenged. However, it has been achieved with very high human cost. The airstrikes have greatly contributed to the Syrian humanitarian crisis. What are the broader implications of the Russian involvement in Syria for Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean? Has Assad got a chance to stay in power in the long run? What is the prospect of Russia establishing permanent presence in the Eastern Mediterranean?

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