It opened a turbulent new chapter in the already turbulent Middle East. It brought the United States and Iran to the brink of armed conflict.

But last week’s targeted killing of Iran’s Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani by the United States could also change the dynamic between Russia and the West—presenting the Kremlin with both risks and opportunities.

What are those opportunities? What are the risks? And what happens next?

Listen as Brian Whitmore explores the latest from Moscow with Donald N. Jensen and special guest Jeff Mankoff, senior fellow and deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and author of the forthcoming book, “Empires of Eurasia: How Imperial Legacies Shape International Security.”

Audio Clip 1: “Press statements following talks with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani” via the Kremlin under CC BY 4.0. 

Audio Clip 2: “Press Briefing with Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Treasury Mnuchi” via the United States Department of State. Audio Clip 3: “Prime Minister Trudeau updates Canadians on the fatal plane crash in Iran” via Prime Minister of Canada. 

The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis.