Irina Zvyagelskaya

Russian Federation

Сhief research fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oriental Studies.


Russia and Israel: Trust Despite Disagreements
There is a high degree of trust in the Russian-Israeli relations, Valdai Club expert Irina Zvyagelskaya believes. “We have disagreements on Syria and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But we can
Taking Raqqa: Again into Battle?
The capture of Raqqa raised hopes for the possibility of developing military success. From this perspective, the well-known formula “no military solution in Syria exists” can only turn into a boring
Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Russia and the US Need to Join Forces
After the "Arab Spring," the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was politically marginalized. In the Arab world there were stormy events, and the attention of global and regional powers was
Saudi-Iranian Standoff: Struggle for Influence
Saudi-Iranian rivalry is one of the most important factors affecting today the balance of power in the Middle East, And in the context of the numerous conflicts we see that this factor impedes the
Pre-Election Promises and the General Line: What Will Happen to the US Middle…
On Wednesday, February 15, US President Donald Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington. At a joint press conference following the talks, the US President said he did not
The Loss of Palmyra: Why Syrian Army Let It Happen
ISIS has the ability to easily cross the border of the territory it once controlled. It can dissolve among the tribal communities, or into the desert. Because of that, they retain a certain military
Where Will Escalation Over Syria Take Russia and the US?
The new situation destroys what was possibly the last avenue for Russia-US cooperation. US cannot launch missile strikes with impunity. Presumable Assad victory could lead to a displacement of
US-Russia Dialogue as a Key Factor of the Fragile Syria Talks
Can we consider accidental almost simultaneous arrivals to Moscow of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of Germany, John Kerry, US Secretary of State and Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Foreign
US-Russian Deal for Syrian Ceasefire is Only Option That Leads to De-Escalation
Although Riyadh and Ankara are independent players whose interests are not always aligned with those of Washington, they will most likely support the deal promoted by the United States and Russia.
Why Turkish and Saudi Boots on the Ground in Syria Can Be Undesirable for…
While the United States, Russia and Europe have recognized that the conflict in Syria has no military solution, the most active regional powers still focus on the use of military power.
Georgy Mirsky Has Passed Away
Georgy Mirsky has passed away - an outstanding orientalist, expert of great knowledge and experience, who always combined high academic professionalism and adherence to principles, a strong civic
What Lifting of Western Sanctions Means for the Iranian Voter
For the average Iranian voter, the lifting of economic sanctions is a breakthrough. The population was hit hard by the sanctions, however, over the past two years Rouhani’s government has undertaken