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Vitaly Naumkin

Russian Federation

President, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); Professor; Corresponding Member, RAS.

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.


Middle East-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
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?
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
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

Vitaly Naumkin
Valdai Club Experts About Situation in Syria
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…
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
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
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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Iran's New President and Relations With Russia
Relations between Iran and Russia will continue to develop. But, apart from nuclear energy cooperation and military-technical cooperation, there are no other points of contact. Iran and Russia take

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Netanyahu's Moscow Visit Speaks of Russia's Growing Influence in Middle East –…
Netanyahu arrived in Sochi to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The discussion, according to the two leaders, covered a wide range of issues, from the economic component of bilateral
Converging Positions of Russia and the US on Syria Will Help Settle the Conflict…
Closer collaboration between Russia and the United States is required to settle the crisis in Syria. Both Russia and the United States have a certain influence in the region. The only question is
Syria: Dialogue Is the Only Option
The situation in Syria is obviously deadlocked, with neither side able to win a military victory. The country, often called the heart of the Arab world, is being destroyed. Extremists are gaining more


Unpredictability and Uncertainty Reign in the Middle East
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