This year, the Valdai Discussion Club will for the first time take part in the business programme of the 18th Doha Forum. On December 16, at 10:45, the Club will hold its own session, titled “Russia's Evolving Global Role.”
The topic responds to the growing interest of the expert community toward the policy of Russia in the Middle East and the world. The session participants will discuss the role of Moscow in resolving conflicts, future development of the region, in particular, the coordination the reconstruction of Syria, as well as the creation of a new stable security system throughout the Middle East amid the changing balance of forces.
The international community needs to understand where the intentions and actions of the Russian Federation lead. The Doha Forum organizers expect the Russian participants to address the following questions:
What are the new challenges and opportunities for Russia as its global clout grows?
How can Russia’s growing role in the world contribute to global stability and prosperity?
The Doha Forum is held under the patronage of Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. This year its distinguished guests include UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad.
The speakers of the session are Vitaly Naumkin, Scientific Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), and Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation. The discussion will be moderated by Timofei Bordachev, Programme director of the Valdai Discussion Club, Director of the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies (CCEIS) at the Moscow-based Higher School of Economics.
Moreover, several experts will represent the Valdai Club in Doha: Andrei Baklanov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Russian Diplomats Association, Russian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2000-2005), Alexander Aksenyonok, senior research fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Russian Ambassador to Algeria (1991-1995), Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, and others.