Middle East // Events
14 march 2017
On March 14th 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a round table at the Media Center of “Rossiya Segodnya” on Russia-Iran relations, aiming at analyzing the present stage and the prospects for a further development. The event was attended by RIAC President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation from 1998 to 2004 Igor Ivanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Russia Mehdi Sanai and leading international experts from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Iran-Eurasian Studies (IRAS) and the Center for International Studies and Education under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran (IPIS).
16 march 2017
On March 16th, 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a second “City-breakfast” from the Urbi et Orbi series at the F.M. Dostoevsky library. The topic of the open lecture was "The image of Russia in Japan and the image of Japan in Russia."
Sergey Agafonov (Editor-in-chief of OGONYOK magazine) and Sergey Chugrov (Professor at the Department of International Journalism of MGIMO under the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief Editor of the magazine “Polis. Political Studies” and RIAC expert) explained to the audience how the perception of Russia in Japan, as well as the perception of Japan in Russia, have changed and how one could ensure communication between two states in “one language”.
13 — 17 march 2017
On March 13th, 2017 the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a roundtable dedicated to the contemporary state and prospects for development of Russia-Turkey relations at the International Multimedia Press Center “Rossiya Segodnya”. The leading experts on Russia-Turkey relations discussed past, present and future cooperation between both countries. The event was scheduled for the official visit of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey, as well as for the meeting of the High- Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council.
14 march 2017
On March 14, 2017, RIAC hosted a roundtable on the humanitarian situation in Syria and the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in it. Marianne Gasser, Head of the ICRC in Syria spoke at the event. The Head of the delegation and the experts discussed the issues international organizations and governments face while working in Syria. Russian experts expressed their support of ICRC activity in Syria and shared their observations regarding Russia's policy in this country and the region.
26 february 2017
On February 26, The Brookings Doha Center held a roundtable "The Bear Awakens: Russia's Role in an Era of Uncertainty" dedicated to Russia's foreign policy globally and in the Middle East. Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, Majed al-Turki, Head of the Center for Media and Arab-Russian Studies, and Thomas Frear, Research Fellow at the European Leadership Network, spoke at the event.
26 february 2017
On February 26, Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, held consultations with the authorities of Harmoon Centre for Contemporary Studies in Doha (Qatar). Harmoon is an independent think-tank conducting research on Arab region. The parties discussed possible tracks of cooperation between RIAC and Harmoon including holding an international expert conference on prospects of Syrian crisis settlement and the approaches to creating regional security system in the Middle East.
06 february 2017
6 февраля генеральный директор РСМД Андрей Кортунов встретился с находящимся в Москве президентом иранского Института политических и международных исследований (Institute for Political & International Studies – IPIS) Сейедом Каземом Саджадпуром (Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour) и советником министра иностранных дел Ирана, послом Сейедом Расулом Мусави (Seyed Rasoul Mousavi).
27 december 2016
On December 27, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Islamic Republic of Iran Mehdi Sanaei hosted Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and Ruslan Mamedov, RIAC Program Assistant, at Iran's Embassy in Moscow. The parties discussed current issues of the international agenda and shared their evaluations of Russia-Iran relations at present. The prospects of cooperation between Russian and Iranian think-tanks were also discussed.The parties exchanged their views on key spheres for cooperation between think-tanks and outlined joint projects for the next year.
21 december 2016
"We will always honour H.E. Mr. Ambassador's memory and will not allow this attack to shed a shadow on Turkish-Russian friendship. "
16 december 2016
On December 16, 2016 Ankara hosted international conference "Deepening Turkey-Russia relations" organized by Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with SAM, Center for Strategic Research of Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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