Russia’s ability to play a major role on the world stage is fast
diminishing, while its ambition to be acknowledged as a “great power”
The ceasefire celebrated by a new wave of Syrian airstrikes is designed,
therefore, to exacerbate divisions between various rebel groups and
their sponsors. As such, it is certain to unravel as the retreat and
defeat of the Islamic State eliminates the basis for unity between the
irreconcilable parties to the unfolding tragedy.