Vitaly Naumkin

Russian Federation

Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Doctor of Historical Sciences; Professor; Academic Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Editor-in-chief, “Vostok (Oriens)” journal (since 1998); Member, Science Council, Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Security Council; President, Center for Strategic and Political Studies (since 1991); Goodwill Ambassador for the Alliance of Civilizations by the UN Secretary General (since 2007).

Previous positions: Head, Arab countries Department, Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS (1984–1989); Deputy Director, Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS (1989–1994); Visiting Professor, American University, Cairo (1991); Head, Center for Arab Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS (1994–2009); Visiting Analyst, Abu Dhabi TV Satellite Channel, UAE (2001–2002); Visiting Professor, University of California in Berkeley (2003); Member, High Level Group, UN Alliance of Civilizations project (2005–2006); Founder and Chairman, Center for Arab and Islamic Studies (2006–2009).

Research interests: Islam; international relations; international security; regional studies (Middle East, Central Asia, South Caucasus); South Arabian studies; conflict management and resolution; ethnology; evolution of Islamic movements; South Arabian ethnography; conflicts among the CIS member-states.

Author of over 500 publications in Russian, English, French, Arabic and other languages dealing with the history of Asia, the Arab world, Central Asia and Caucasus, international relations, political science, Islamic studies, philology, conflict management and resolution.

Materials

New Tripartite Aggression in Syria Brings Mixed Results
16.04.2018
By the strikes against Syria, the US and their allies achieved demonstrative effect only partially. It was achieved, because like in the previous illegal bombings of sovereign states (Yugoslavia,

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Vitaly Naumkin on the New Tripartite Aggression
14.04.2018
The upside of the situation following the airstrikes of the US-led coalition on Syria under a false pretext is that both the coalition and Russia, allied with the Syrian government, have managed to

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Syrian National Dialogue Congress as a Unique Event of Russian Peacekeeping
31.01.2018
The Syrian National Dialogue Congress, held in Sochi on January 29-30, showed that the Syrian society is ready for reconciliation. The Congress, which has been recognized by the UN, reinforces the

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The Middle East: Pandora's Box of Federalization
18.12.2017
The specter of federalism is wandering the Middle East. On the political horizon, there are more and more federalization projects, where external and internal actors see the opportunity to get out of

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Middle East-2016
28.12.2016
In 2016 the world has witnessed the deterioration of the crisis in several Middle Eastern states, Russia's expansion and affirmation in the region, increased number of its regional partners.

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Position Paper: The Middle East: From Conflicts to Stability
26.02.2016
The mass-scale protests in Arab countries triggered a tectonic shift in the Middle East.

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Where Does the Middle East Go?
24.02.2016
Luck or failure of the Syria settlement in a large extent would determine the fate of the entire region, because long ago the internal Syrian conflict acquired the regional and global status.

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Cooling Period in Russian-Turkish relations
25.11.2015
For Turkey, such priorities as curbing Syrian Kurds and support of the Turcoman population in the area where the Russian aircraft  was shot down, still remain, and they will be certain

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Valdai Club Experts About Situation in Syria
21.10.2015
China may increase military supplies to the Syrian government, but direct military involvement is uncertain.
Valdai Paper #3: Middle East crisis: Foreign Interference and an Orgy of…
07.11.2014
The third Valdai Paper aims to analyze one of the most prominent global security threats nowadays, which is the aggravation of the situation in the Middle East and the flourishing Islamic State of

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Middle East Crisis: Foreign Interference and an Orgy of Extremism
07.11.2014
The threat of IS has caused the overwhelming majority of regional and global actors, including Russia, to realize that they have interests in common. Particularly dangerous is the growing number of

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A Recap of the Political Events in the Middle East in 2013. New Trends
23.12.2013
The growth of jihadism and the transfer of the gravity in political Islam toward the most extremist elements, where their numbers are growing and they are becoming increasingly active, is now regarded

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multimedia

Vitaly Naumkin on the Valdai Club Conference ‘Russia in the Middle East: Playing…
18.02.2018
On February 19-20, 2018, the Valdai Discussion Club in partnership with the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences held a conference, titled “Russia in the Middle East:

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Vitaly Naumkin: We Heard Many Original Ideas
03.03.2017
Vitaly Naumkin, President of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, talks about the Middle East conference organized by the Valdai Discussion Club together with the Institute

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Unpredictability and Uncertainty Reign in the Middle East
22.09.2016
Why has the Sykes-Picot system proved to be unviable? Is it possible to overcome the nation state and identity crisis that swept the Middle East? What is the role of third forces in the Middle East

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