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On September 9, 2021, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) held a closed workshop on approaches of Russia and the UK in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The workshop was organized within the framework of the sixth round of the project “A New Agenda for Russia–UK Relations”.

On September 9, 2021, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) held a closed workshop on approaches of Russia and the UK in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The workshop was organized within the framework of the sixth round of the project “A New Agenda for Russia–UK Relations”.

The goals of the meeting were to discuss the interests of Russia and UK in the MENA, and to search for convergence of positions on key issues of the regional agenda. Within the framework of the workshop two sessions were held. The first session was devoted to the interests and positions of Russia and UK in the MENA. The second one was dedicated to the views of the two states on the factors of regional instability.

The event was attended by leading Russian and British experts. From the side of the RIAC the meeting was attended by: Andrey Kortunov, Director General at the RIAC; Vitaly Naumkin, Academic Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the RAS, RIAC Vice President; Aleksandr Aksenenok, RIAC Vice-President; Dimitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, RIAC Member; Irina Zviagelskaya, Head of the Center for Middle East Studies of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the RAS, RIAC Member; Igor Matveev, Senior Researcher at the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at the RAS; Vladimir Sazhin, Senior Researcher at the Center for Middle East Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the RAS; Sergey Serebrov, Senior Researcher at the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the RAS; Andrey Chuprygin, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the Higher School of Economics; Ivan Bocharov, Program Assistant at the RIAC.

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