Sebastian Maier is founding partner at Maier | Schumann, a London-based consultancy, and Resident Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He previously worked at the State of Bavaria Montréal Office, the Embassy of Canada to Germany, and Consultant at the German-Saudi Liaison Office for Economic Affairs in Riyadh. He earned his master’s degree in Intelligence and International Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Law from the University of Munich and Sciences Po, Paris.Last updated on 26.07.2016
Throughout spring 2016, the news coverage on war-torn Syria had been without doubt overwhelmingly dominated by the strong symbolic message sent by the Damascene regime by gaining ground against Islamic State as it recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra in the Syrian desert. Within the broader picture, the incident also provides valuable insight into a less tangible strategic enterprise of Russia.