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Gain Leverage Over Putin With Some 'Shale Diplomacy'

Editor's Note: Huntsman Professor William F. Shughart II, J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice, wrote this editorial that ran in Investor’s Daily on Sept. 13.

Investor's Business Daily

By William F. Shughart II

Dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't easy.

On the one hand he steps up as "peacemaker" in Syria, forestalling possible U.S. military action against the Assad regime for its alleged chemical-weapons atrocities.

At the same time, he reportedly is increasing sales of advanced anti-aircraft systems to Iran. And he continues to supply Assad with weapons as well.

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