Russia's President Putin is working hard to create options in all forms of warfare, while favoring low-cost approaches. The U.S. and NATO must strike a balanced approach to dealing with the multifarious threats posed by Moscow across the European theater, including in the Baltics and Ukraine.

The U.S. faces three interlocking competitions that will determine the future of the international order. The competitions are with: the revisionist powers in Russia, China, and Iran; the revolutionary powers animated by groups like al Qaeda ISIS; and the rogue power in North Korea.

The U.S. cannot drive a wedge between Russia and Iran in the near term. Tehran and Moscow share an overarching objective to expel the U.S. from the Middle East which will likely bind Iran and Russia together into an enduring partnership.

The Assad regime and its allies in Russia and Iran have seized over a quarter of the besieged Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus. Civilians will come under increased threat in the coming weeks as the fighting moves closer to heavily-populated urban suburbs.

Turkey seized the final stretch of the Syria-Turkey border in Afrin from the Syrian Kurdish YPG in late February 2018. The seizure of the border accomplishes the first of five assessed Turkish operational objectives in Afrin.

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