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On February 19, 2020 the press-conference: “Reconstruction of Syria: Visions from Russia and the EU” will be held at the International Multimedia Press Center MIA "Rossiya Segodnya" (Russia Today). Post-conflict reconstruction of Syria is a vital component of the plans to turn this country into a stable, secure and peaceful state. Experts of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the International Crisis Group (ICG) will cover Russian and European approaches towards Syria’s reconstruction, international situation and the settlement crisis’ prospects. Furthermore, in the framework of the event both sides will discuss new International Crisis Group’s report “Ways out of Europe's Syria Reconstruction Conundrum”, and also the Russian International Affairs Council’s report “Squaring the Circle: Russian and European Views on Syrian Reconstruction”.

On February 19, 2020 the press-conference: “Reconstruction of Syria: Visions from Russia and the EU” will be held at the International Multimedia Press Center MIA "Rossiya Segodnya" (Russia Today). Post-conflict reconstruction of Syria is a vital component of the plans to turn this country into a stable, secure and peaceful state. Experts of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the International Crisis Group (ICG) will cover Russian and European approaches towards Syria’s reconstruction, international situation and the settlement crisis’ prospects. Furthermore, in the framework of the event both sides will discuss new International Crisis Group’s report “Ways out of Europe's Syria Reconstruction Conundrum”, and also the Russian International Affairs Council’s report “Squaring the Circle: Russian and European Views on Syrian Reconstruction”.

What are the opportunities and prospects of the Russia-EU interaction towards Syria post-war rebuilding and humanitarian aid? What are the programs and initiatives launched by Damascus? How do the U.S. and the EU sanctions impact on this process and is there an alternative for conducted policies? What are the current outputs and the future of Astana and Geneva’s formats on Syria? What are the prospects of Syrian Constitutional Committee and how do the regional and global actors’ positions change towards Syrian settlement?

Speakers:

1.     Andrey Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC);

2.     Joost Hiltermann, Middle East and North Africa Program Director (MENA), International Crisis Group;

3.     Aleksander Aksenenok, RIAC Vice President, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation;

4.     Laure Foucher, MENA Program Advisor, International Crisis Group;

5.     Vladimir Bartenev, Director, Center for Security and Development Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Associate Professor, Chair of International Organizations and World Political Processes at the School of World Politics, MSU, RIAC expert;

6.     Dareen Khalifa, Senior Analyst on Syria, International Crisis Group

The event will take place from 1 p.m. till 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Glass Hall, International Multimedia Press Center MIA "Rossiya Segodnya" (Russia Today), 4 Zubovsky Boulevard, Moscow.

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