Search: Turkey,Middle East (25 materials)


Double Edged Sword: Idlib

... Syria’s reconstruction. Additionally, Turkish construction firms are among the best and fastest in the world. Alienating Turkey means higher costs for Syria’s reconstruction as Turkey has a strategic geographic position and is the biggest economy in the Middle East. Turkey is Syria’s largest economic partner of Syria, more so than China. China and Turkey account for half of Syria’s imports Russia’s cooperation with Turkey on energy projects such as TurkStream and Akkuyu Nuclear station, and closer military ...


Regional and Global Security Challenges Discussed in Turkey

Petr Stegny, RIAC member, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, and Timur Makhmutov, Deputy Director of Programs, took part in the event on the Russian side, among the speakers at thematic sessions on the Middle East issues. On May 7-8, 2018, Turkey hosted an annual Istanbul Security Conference. Petr Stegny, RIAC member, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, and Timur Makhmutov, Deputy Director of Programs, took part in the event on the Russian side, among ...


Turkey and the Containment of Iran in the Middle East

... actively use Turkey against Iran is the high possibility of a severe negative impact on political stability in Turkey itself. Another explanation may be linked to the views of the American ruling establishment on the nature of the political regime in Turkey and its vision for the Middle East. By extending political reforms after coming to power in 2002, the ruling AKP party has managed to bring into the political process a broader mass of the Turkish population, thus changing the sociological aspect of the decision-making process....


RIAC and Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey (SAM) Discuss Russia-Turkey Bilateral Relations

... International Affairs Council (RIAC) and Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey ( SAM ). Russian and Turkish delegations were headed by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and Mesut Özcan, SAM Chairman,... ... and energy cooperation, cultural and humanitarian relations. Pavel Shlykov, associate professor in the History of Near and Middle Eastern Countries department at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Elena Alekseenkova, RIAC Program Manager, Vladimir Morozov,...


Breaking the U.S.-Russia Impasse: Keeping the Door Open to Dialogue

..., with periodic attacks in countries throughout much of the world? How should the Coalition against the Islamic State deal with such a scenario? The Question of Qatar As the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran intensifies throughout the ‘wider Middle East,’ U.S. and Russian mediation appears absolutely crucial to calm tensions between Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. After Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain accused Qatar (and Qatari individuals) of supporting the Moslem Brotherhood and Hamas, among other “terrorist” groups, including the Islamic State — in addition to ...


India-Iran ties: The key challenges

... Israel. While Saudi Arabia has remained at loggerheads with Israel, recently both are part of the Anti-Iran alliance. Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia along with its GCC partners countries demanded at the Munich Security Conference, that Tehran is punished ... ... Adel al-Jubeir further accused Iran in front of delegates at the conference. "It's determined to upend the order in the Middle East ... (and) until and unless Iran changes its behaviour it would be very difficult to deal with a country like this....


Russia’s Syria Campaign: Measuring Costs and Benefits

... long been buyers of the U.S. and Chinese military aircraft, expressed its interests in purchasing Sukhoi fighter and bomber jets. This can potentially expand Russia’s share of the arms market and increase the revenue. Volkan Özdemir: Russia and Turkey: More Than a Rapprochement? Russia has set up its first and only permanent military base in the Middle East which now guarantees its military presence in the region. Hmeymim base is located in the eastern Mediterranean cost of Syria near the city of Latakia. While the U.S., UK, France and Turkey already do have their military bases in the region ...


Does Russia still have a “Kurdish card” to play in Syria?

Longstanding relations between Moscow and the Kurds has provided Russia with a “Kurdish card”, that is, the ability to modulate its support to various Kurdish national ambitions throughout the Middle East, depending on what the Kremlin was seeking to obtain from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The current Syrian crisis is no exception and has promoted the Russian-Kurdish (PYD[1]) partnership, especially during the period of harsh tensions between Russia and Turkey. This partnership has three goals: fighting terrorism,...


Post-Syrian Russia and Middle East

... own regional centers of gravity – like Egypt or Saudi Arabia. As for external factors affecting the Arab world, the influence of overseas’ players is likely to get less significant, while the influence of neighboring non-Arab states (Iran, Turkey, Israel) is likely to grow further. The role of Iran will definitely be one of the decisive factors shaping the future of the Middle East. Speaking of the Russian-Iranian relations, we have to define what their ‘strategic cooperation’ really means under the current circumstances. There has always been a temptation – at least on the Russian side – to build ...


Russian and Turkish Experts Discuss Middle East Security Issues

On March 3, 2016 Moscow hosted a roundtable “ Collective Security System in the Middle East: Myth or Reality ” of the Russian International Affairs Council and the Turkish International Institute for ... ... was attended by RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev ; MIRNaS Director General Arif Asalyoglu ; former Foreign Minister of Turkey Yasar Yakis; Vitaly Naumkin , Director of the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, and Pyotr Stegny , Ambassador Extraordinary ...


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