2016 World Conflict Guide: Arctic, Europe And Middle EastTony Osborne December 23, 2016
Though defense spending is on the decline in Russia, the country is showcasing the results of its decade-long military buildup everywhere from the civil war in Syria to Ukraine and across the Arctic. Its bombing campaign in Syria has prompted the flow of refugees to Europe. Turkey, a pass-through point for many of those migrants, remains in turmoil. This summer, the president fended off a military coup, and then adopted a more authoritarian stance. Near year-end, a gunman shot and killed the Russian ambassador in Ankara.