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What the Media Isn’t Asking Nina Khrushcheva About Russia and Syria

Since Russia began launching air strikes on Syria last month, Nina Khrushcheva, professor of International Affairs at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, has been busy offering up her expert assessment of Russian politics to major news networks.

She’s answered questions about Russia’s support of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, its attacks on anti-Assad rebel groups, and its stance on the Islamic State. But there is one very important question the media hasn’t brought up: How is Russia influencing oil prices through its involvement in Syria?

“Oil prices were going down, which is a really big problem for Russia,” she says in a recent video interview. “One of the reasons I’m sure Putin is going as a force into Syria is not only to keep tabs on America, but also to try to manipulate the oil markets. It’s already working—the prices are going up.”

Khrushcheva recently sat down to provide her perspective on what has been missing from the media’s narrative about Russia’s strategy in Syria and what all International Affairs students should know about U.S.-Russia relations.

Click on the links below to see her appearances in other media.

MSNBC Live with Jose Diaz-Balart,  Russia Sending Troops, Weapons to Syria, September 15, 2015

Rachel Maddow Show, September 28 2015

MSNBC Live with Jose Diaz-BalartPresident Obama Meets with Russian, Cuban Leaders, September 29, 2015

Huffington Post LivePutin Launches First Airstrikes in Syria, September 30, 2015

Bloomberg MarketsPutin’s Syria Strikes: What He’s Hoping to Accomplish, October 2, 2015

Al Jazeera AmericaIn Crisis: Ukraine, October 2, 2015

Up With Steve KornackiObama Slams Putin Over Syria Bombing Campaign, October 3, 2015

NBC NewsRussian Aggression Complicates Obama’s Options in Syria, October 9, 2015

The Daily BeastPutin’s New American Fan Club?, October 11, 2105

Background Briefing with Ian MastersPutin Refuses to Be Ignored, October 11, 2015

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