Russia has managed to enlarge its role in Syria and the Middle East using shrewd diplomacy and precise military aims.
Watch out for similar tactics in Asia.
Middle Eastern leaders have long grown accustomed to attending Syria “peace conferences” in one city or another.
Vienna, Geneva or New York were the perennial favourites, but even Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, served as a venue for such gatherings.
Today, however, a new destination is being added to this summitry map: Sochi, a Russian city on the shores of the…