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Is Abu Bakr Al-baghdi’s Death the Beginning of the End for ISIS?

... said that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of the Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory. By March 23, 2019, ISIL lost one of their last significant territories in the Middle East in the Deir ez-Zor campaign, surrendering their "tent city" and pockets in Al-Baghuz Fawqani to the Syrian Democratic Forces at the end of the Battle of Baghuz Fawqani. Since June 2014, when ISIL proclaimed itself the Islamic State,...


RIAC at Dialogue in the Name of the Future — 2019

On October 25, 2019 in Moscow, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in cooperation with Primakov Center for International Cooperation and Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund organized a conference "Political Mosaic of the Middle East: Russia's Strategy and Inside View" as part of the 9th research and educational program “Dialogue in the Name of the Future — 2019”, dedicated to the 90th birthday anniversary of Yevgeny Primakov. On October 25, 2019 in Moscow,...


The Future of the Middle East: Horizons of Challenges and Opportunities

Beyond the scope of the current security agenda, European experts generally do not see Moscow making any significant contribution to the future of the MENA In 2016-2019 an international consortium of think tanks and universities from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa carried out a large-scale research project “Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture: Mapping Geopolitical Shifts, Regional Order and Domestic Transformations”. One of the final results of the project was the ...


Russia’s Interests in the Arab Mashreq: Analyzing the Future of Oil and Gas in Iraq and Syria

RIAC Working Paper № 48/2019 RIAC Working Paper № 48/2019 This working paper was prepared by the Russian International Affairs Council as part of the RIAC’s project on «Conflicts in the Middle East: Tools and Strategies for Settlement». This paper is devoted to analyzing the situation in the oil and gas market in Iraq and Syria, as well as the energy policy of Russia in the Arab Mashreq region. The authors also analyze Iraq’s oil ...


The Syrian Crisis Is Now Russia’s to Resolve

America’s withdrawal creates an opportunity and a challenge for Moscow. The withdrawal of American forces from Syria is said to be a gift to Russia. As the sole power from outside the Middle East with military forces and political influence in Syria, Russia may indeed become the security manager in that country. But only if it rises to the occasion. So far Russia has earned the right to play a role in Syria, but if it wants to be the ...


Syria after the Turkish invasion

... Eastern Europe or Taiwan it could be misinterpreted as an invitation by Putin and Xi and could lead to threatening situations even between the major powers. However, the main concern was: Putin is portrayed as the winner and new ordering power for the Middle East and the Greater Middle East. So as a kind of supplier for international security as Karaganovlike to see it..Civilians are pictured fleeing Ras al Ain town, Syria on October 9, 2019. © Reuters / Rodi SaidI guess the Russians are now trying ...


Russia Recognises the UAE as a Force for Peace in Gulf

... However, it can be argued that discussing future economic relations between the two countries might not be the main purpose of this visit. This arrangement from Russia's part should be viewed in the context of the country's regional strategy in the Middle East, the core component of which is playing the role of an honest broker. Practically it entails maintaining positive relations with every player in the region, while at the same time refraining from aligning too close to either of them. So far,...


The Astana Model: Methods and Ambitions of Russian Political Action

Unlike the United States, Russia cannot “withdraw” from the region without creating a range of new security problems for itself Russian performance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region can arguably qualify as one of the most spectacular foreign policy success stories of President Vladimir Putin and his team in recent times. With relatively modest investments in blood and treasure, Moscow has ...


Per Aspera ad Pax

The Syrian Crisis: A Thorny Path from War to Peace The second decade of the 21st century began with a string of explosive protests in the Middle East and North Africa. The region has become a source of violence and terrorism, dramatic national upheavals, humanitarian catastrophes, and waves of migration. Most countries (Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia) have launched the needed ...


HSE Hosts a Presentation of RIAC Reader Armies and Security in the Middle East and North Africa

..., Russian and foreign media. On September 20, 2019, in Moscow, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with the National Research University Higher School of Economics held a presentation of RIAC’s reader Armies and Security in the Middle East and North Africa. The event was attended by representatives of leading Russian research centers, government agencies, Russian and foreign media. The reader consists of articles that systematize information on the armies and security services ...


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