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On July 5 at 2:00 pm (GMT+3) Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) will hold a round table on Russia-Egypt cooperation: challenges and prospects. Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and Ezzat Saad El Sayed, ECFA Director, will make opening remarks. Within the framework of the round table a joint RIAC and ECFA report "Political Risks for Russian-Egyptian Cooperation in North Africa" ​​will be presented.

On July 5 at 2:00 pm (GMT+3) Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) will hold a round table on Russia-Egypt cooperation: challenges and prospects. Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and Ezzat Saad El Sayed, ECFA Director, will make opening remarks. Within the framework of the round table a joint RIAC and ECFA report "Political Risks for Russian-Egyptian Cooperation in North Africa" ​​will be presented.

The event consists of two sessions.

Session I: Russian-Egyptian Bilateral Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges

The first session is devoted to the issues of the current state of Russian-Egyptian relations, economic ties and military-technical cooperation; the positions of the two countries on regional and international challenges, the policies of external actors in the Middle East; the challenges and prospects for Russian-Egyptian relations

Moderator: Grigory Lukyanov, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University Higher School of Economics; RIAC expert

Speakers:

  • Aleksey Vasilyev, Honorary President, Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), RAS Full Member, RIAC Member

  • Ezzat Saad Al Sayed, Director General, Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA)

  • Nataliya Zaiser, Chair of the Board, Africa Business Initiative, RIAC Expert

  • Alaa El Hadidi, Ambassador (Rtd), ECFA expert

Session II: Towards Stability in the Middle East and North Africa? Views from Moscow and Cairo

In the second session, speakers will discuss political risks and instability in North Africa, sustainable development of water and food resources in North Africa, unresolved conflicts and cross-border threats to regional security in North Africa

Moderator: Mohamed Kamal, Professor of Political Science at Cairo University, Director of the Institute of Arab Research and Studies

Speakers:

  • Shaimaa Magued, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University

  • Nikolay Surkov, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East Center, Institute of World Economy and International Relations after E. Primakov (IMEMO) RAS; Associate Professor, Oriental Studies Department at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University); RIAC expert

  • Mohamed Badr El-Din Zayed, Ambassador (Rtd), ECFA expert

  • Dmitry Tarasenko, RIAC expert

The working language of the meetings is English.

The broadcast on Zoom platform starts on July 5 at 2:00 pm (Moscow time zone, GMT+3)

  • Please register to participate in the event.

Follow the rules during the event:

— Video and audio will only be enabled for speakers and moderators

— Speakers should be asked questions exclusively in the chat (please indicate to whom the question is addressed, their name and affiliation)

— The viewer may be given the right to ask a question or speak out on a problem by the decision of the moderator with a time limit of no more than 2 minutes

— For violation of the rules, the participant will be removed from the event


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