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Russian and French Experts and Diplomats Discuss Interaction of the Two Countries in the Middle East

On November 26, 2019, French Embassy in Moscow, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), together with Institut Montaigne (France), held a seminar on the potential of Russia-France cooperation in the Middle East conflict areas On November 26, 2019, French Embassy in Moscow, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), together with Institut Montaigne (France), held a seminar on the potential of Russia-France cooperation in the Middle East conflict ...


Russia’s Comeback Isn’t Stopping With Syria

... by the Soviet Union at the time of the Persian Gulf war of 1991. Since then, the results of the military operation and diplomatic maneuvering have not only confounded early critics but also outdone even President Vladimir Putin’s own expectations. Russia’s achievements in the Middle East go way beyond the success in Syria proper. Moscow benefits from flexible semi-alliances with Turkey and Iran, oil price arrangements with Saudi Arabia and newly revived military ties with Egypt. It is again a player of some consequence in ...


Meeting with the Italian Foreign Ministry Special Envoy for Syria Paolo Dionisi

... Russian International Affairs Council. On November 15, Paolo Dionisi, Italian Foreign Ministry Special Envoy for Syria, visited Russian International Affairs Council. The Italian diplomat was informed about RIAC project work on the Syrian and wider Middle East vectors, discussed the potential of Russia-Italy cooperation in resolving the Syrian crisis, including possible priorities for interaction between independent think tanks of the two countries.


Andrea Dessì: the EU and Russia Share Much Potential for Cooperation in the Middle East

... in national stabilization and the belief that Syria should remain a united country. While deep disagreements exist in the military domain, looking forward, Syria could – and I would say should – become a key testing ground for the potential of EU-Russia cooperation in the Middle East. European countries will remain closely aligned with U.S. policy, even though it’s becoming increasingly clear that it’s not always possible to see eye to eye with the U.S. in certain matters. We can only hope in the long-term that the ...


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

... completely disappear in 2050, although they believe that its influence (as well as the influence of the United States and other Western countries) will significantly decline in the long run. It does not follow from the text of the report that the role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa is purely selfish, cynical, destructive and that it is Moscow that impedes the solution of immediate or long-term tasks the countries of the region are facing. In most cases, the authors do not consider the European Union ...


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

... him, as well as they want to expel and disperse the YPG and the resident Kurds. For the Russians it would be best if Assad controlls as much as possible of Syria and that Turkey is leaving NATO and moving farther away from the West. Nevertheless, a Middle East expert said that Russia still can not play the role of a regulatory power in the Middle East, otherwise an imperial overstretch succeeds, especially since Putin has a deep economic crisis at home like Erdogan und tries to compensate it by foreign political adventure and ...


Russia Recognises the UAE as a Force for Peace in Gulf

... Iran's involvement, in the world's eyes Russia moved a bit further into 'Iran's camp', distancing herself from the Gulf states, which just adds up to the number of other cases where Russia took Iran's side in controversial situations. Andrey Kortunov: Russian Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Achievements and Limitations In this context, the move to arrange a meeting with the leaders of the Gulf states could be viewed as an attempt to downplay Russia's diplomatic support for Iran and reassure Saudi Arabia and the UAE that despite ...


The Astana Model: Methods and Ambitions of Russian Political Action

... leaving a political and military vacuum behind. Moscow made full use of the unique opportunity and filled the The MENA Region: A Great Power Competition vacuum at a very low cost. Ruslan Mamedov: Political Weight or Economic Dividends: New Role for Russia in the Middle East? Another explanation boils down to the assumption that Moscow was more efficient in the region than its Western adversaries due to a higher level of expert advice and intelligence feedback from within Middle Eastern countries. While US leadership ...


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