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14 march 2017

Roundtable on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria


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.


15 march 2017

Russia – GCC Relations After the Signing of the JCPOA with Iran

Aleksandr Aksenenok Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, Leading Researcher at the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies, RIAC Member

Omar Mahmood Research Analyst at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat)


Russian and GCC commentators are well-acquainted with the Western views regarding the GCC region. However, Russian and GCC commentators are comparatively uninformed about each other’s perspectives regarding this important topic due to the nascent nature of research dialogue between the two. The report prepared by Alexander Aksenenok and Omar Mahmood aims to remedy this communication lacuna by furnishing readers with Russian and GCC perspectives on the issue.

26 february 2017

Andrey Kortunov Speaks at the Roundtable on Russia's Policy in the Middle East Held by the Brookings Doha Center


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.

21 february 2017

Andrey Kortunov Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, RIAC member

«The Mood of Uncertainty in Munich»

03 february 2017

Post-ISIS and Future Jihadist Threats

Marcin Styszyński Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Chair of Asian Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University


The ongoing offensive against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as the neutralisation of jihadist leaders such as Abu Muhammad al-Adnani or Abu Omar al-Shishani in the Arab-Muslim world, beg the question of post-ISIS and future jihadist threats in the world. The following points provide some prognosis in this context.

01 february 2017

Trump and Putin Arrive in the Middle East

Rich Berdan Freelance writer, based in Detroit, MI, U.S.A.


There has been no better time in recent history where Russia-U.S. bilateral relations are positioned best to leverage their coordinated influence on the divided sectarian and tribalistic theatre in the Middle East. There will be some give and take here but in the end, Trump will have built trust with Putin that allows them to move past these achievements or bygones and onto the next stage in the Middle East process. Rich Berdan shares his view on the issue.

23 january 2017

Middle East at the regional security crossroads

Alexey Khlebnikov Middle East expert and Russian foreign policy analyst, MSc Global Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. PhD candidate, RIAC expert.


Syrian civil war can be seen as the key to the stabilising the entire region. Serving as a magnet for jihadist fighters from all over the world and being the arena where interests of global, regional and local powers have been clashing for the last six years, Syria has become a crucial regional issue. This is why Syrian crisis resolution will have a huge impact on the entire region and will help to bring stability to the Middle East.

11 january 2017

Vitaly Naumkin Director of the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, RAS Full Member, RIAC member

«Middle East-2016»

11 january 2017

2016 – Contours of the New Reality

Ivan Timofeev PhD in Political Science, Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), RIAC Member, Head of "Contemporary State" program at Valdai Discussion Club


The year 2016 is important for understanding the changes in the international arena that started two years before. It was in 2016 that we began to see the new reality – the more or less clear contours of the future – take shape. Let’s analyze the contours of this new reality.

09 january 2017

Vitaly Naumkin Director of the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, RAS Full Member, RIAC member

«Diplomatic and military victories play key role in settling Syrian crisis»

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