Russia and the Middle East: Diplomacy and Security

Samuel Ramani

Samuel Ramani is an MPhil student in Russian and East European Studies at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. At Oxford, he specializes in post-1991 Russian foreign policy, with an emphasis on Russia's responses to popular revolutions and military interventions, and Russia-Middle East relations. He is also a journalist who writes regularly about the post-Soviet region and international affairs for major publications like the Washington Post, Huffington Post and Diplomat Magazine, amongst others. This blog focuses on Russia's diplomatic overtures towards Middle East. It will particularly emphasize Moscow's relationship with the Arab world, but also discuss changing developments in Russia's relationships with Israel, Iran and "Greater Middle East states" on the Horn of Africa. The blog will cover two broad themes in these relationships. The first is how changing levels of Russia's economic and defence cooperation between Russia and Middle Eastern countries, impacts Moscow's regional and global influence. The second is the impact of Russia's relations with MENA region on Russian and international security. This will focus on Russian counter-terrorism operations and the ongoing anti-ISIS campaign.

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