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The Coronavirus and Conflicts in the Middle East

... rivalry. There are new nuclear missiles, cyber- and biotechnologies, "hybrid wars," and the consequences of all these trends are not yet entirely clear, which makes this rivalry far more dangerous than the USSR-US confrontation. Andrey Kortunov: Russian Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Achievements and Limitations Thus far, it is difficult to say confidently what direction these developments will take and whether they will become a turning point. In any case (and here Russian and Western analysts agree), the statesmanship,...


Sanctions Against Russia: A Look Into 2020

... United States. The Congress, the media and think tanks will likely raise the question of preemptive sanctions against Russia. However, discussing possible measures does not mean they will automatically be adopted. — Thus far, the situation in the Middle East is not fraught with a high risk of sanctions for Russia. However, the United States continues to impose sanctions on Iran, which increases the danger of secondary sanctions for international businesses, including Russian companies. — The United States may very well crank up sanctions against China ...


RIAC and Institut Montaigne Hold Gulf Security Meeting

On May 14, 2020, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), in cooperation with the Institut Montaigne (France), held an online expert discussion focusing on the approaches of Russia and France to security in the Persian Gulf On May 14, 2020, Russian International ...


War, the Economy and Politics in Syria: Broken Links

The latest alarming global events, like the coronavirus pandemic, the oil price crash and the slowdown of world economic growth have eclipsed the armed conflicts in the Middle East, which drop off and flare up from time to time. The temporary disappearance of Syria from front page news and new Russia-Turkey agreements on a ceasefire in Idlib are far from comforting. This is merely a tactical pause that should give serious food for thought on Syria’s future in the increasingly unpredictable and rapidly changing world. The latest alarming ...


Meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali

... Russia. At the beginning of the meeting, Andrey Kortunov and Kazem Jalali noted the need to maintain and develop contacts between Russian and Iranian think tanks in the new realities. Ruslan Mamedov spoke about the studies carried out by RIAC on the Middle East vector and specifically about the Russian-Iranian area of studies at RIAC. The parties exchanged views on the formats to strengthen further the links between the analytical centers of the two countries and then proceeded to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the situation in the region ...


Tensions between Russia and Turkey in Syria; effort for peace or Total War

... attacks targeted more than 30 Turkish troops, two Syrian military aircraft. About 19 Syrian soldiers, some Liwa Zainebiyoun, Fatemiyoun and Hezbollah forces were also killed In the Turkish UAV attacks. In the meantime, the reasons for this tension and Russia-Turkey-Iran competition in Syria should be examined. Although Russia and Turkey negotiated three rounds, they still failed to lead to a Cease Fire in Syria. On the one hand, Bashar al-Assad's government is dissatisfied with Turkey's non-compliance ...


Russia and Pakistan in the Middle East: Approaches to Security in the Gulf

... is determined by the region’s geopolitics. He demonstrated the need for the arrangement of new foreign policy guidelines for Pakistan, due to recent changes in the great powers’ policy path and their influence on the regions of South Asia and the Middle East. Russia and Pakistan are traditionally considered potential intermediaries when it comes to defusing tensions between the Gulf monarchies and Iran. Islamabad’s traditionally neutral stance was a deciding factor in 2019, when Saudi Arabia unofficially ...


Russia’s Position on the US–Iran Confrontation. Watching from the Sidelines

... to stop the military and politicians in Washington from making decisions that will have devastating consequences. Moscow builds on these realities in shaping its policy in the regions. Moscow will continue to promote the idea of inclusiveness in the Middle East region to create stability and security. While Russia does not see the need for itself to “rescue” others where the Europeans and the monarchies of the Gulf should themselves be interested to step in. First published in the Institut für Sicherheit .


Russia's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with emphasis on the “Deal of the Century”

... there is evidence that Russia may be maneuvering to reach an implicit agreement in relation to the Trump´s century deal. Therefore, this article pursues to examine Russia's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with emphasis on Trump´s plan. Russia's Middle East Policy After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was economically and politically in distress and because of this Russians formulated a new strategy to increase their security as well as capacity to establish a counterbalance at the regional ...


Meeting with Swiss Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Delegation

... support its operational work. The delegation was headed by Romain Grandjean, Middle East and North Africa Regional Director. In the course of discussion, representatives of the Swiss Centre touched upon the issues of armed conflicts in Libya and Syria, Russia's role in resolving crisis situations in these countries, as well as possible models of multilateral cooperation in ensuring the security of the Middle East and North Africa regions. The visitors from Switzerland were informed about RIAC’s most recent projects related to the settlement of regional crises and discussed the possibilities of cooperation between the Centre and the Council in this ...


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