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On December 14, 2020, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with the OMRAN Center for Strategic Studies (OMRAN) held a closed workshop on political dialog in Syria following 2021 presidential elections. 

Alexander Aksenyonok, RIAC Vice-President, and Dr. Ammar Kahf, OMRAN Center Executive Director, made opening remarks.

Ruslan Mamedov, RIAC Program Manager, and Sinan Hatahet, Senior Research Fellow at OMRAN Center, made reports on the prospects for the situation in Syria.

On December 14, 2020, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with the OMRAN Center for Strategic Studies (OMRAN) held a closed workshop on political dialog in Syria following 2021 presidential elections. 

Alexander Aksenyonok, RIAC Vice-President, and Dr. Ammar Kahf, OMRAN Center Executive Director, made opening remarks.

Ruslan Mamedov, RIAC Program Manager, and Sinan Hatahet, Senior Research Fellow at OMRAN Center, made reports on the prospects for the situation in Syria.

The participants discussed the possibilities and limitations for a political settlement in Syria in the light of the presidential elections in 2021, scenarios and prospects for the situation around Syria following the 2020 U.S. elections, and the current state of social and economic ties between civil society groups in the country.

Russian side was also represented by Igor Matveev, Senior Research Fellow, RAS Institute of Oriental Studies, Senior Lecturer, MGIMO MFA, RIAC Expert; Nikolay Surkov, Senior Researcher, IMEMO, Associate Professor at the Oriental Studies Department, MGIMO MFA, RIAC expert; and Konstantin Truevtsev, Senior Research Fellow at RAS Institute of Oriental Studies.

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