The Middle East: When Will Tomorrow Come? List of Speakers

On February 27-28, the Valdai Discussion Club, in partnership with the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, will hold a conference, titled “The Middle East: When Will Tomorrow Come?” The conference will be held in the format of an expert dialogue attended by politicians, scholars and diplomats from over 25 countries that play an active role in the region.

  1. Abdallah AL DARDARI, Senior Advisor for reconstruction and rehabilitation in MENA, World Bank Group; Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs of Syria (2005-2011)

  2. Alastair CROOKE, Director, Conflicts Forum 

  3. Ali NASSER MOHAMED, President of South Yemen (1980-1986)

  4. Amal ABOU ZEID, Member of the Lebanese Parliament, Free Patriotic Movement 

  5. Amre MOUSSA, Secretary General of the League of Arab States (2001-2011); Foreign Minister of Egypt (1991-2001)

  6. Andrey BYSTRITSKIY, Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

  7. Andrey KORTUNOV, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)

  8. Bakhtiar AMIN, Minister for Human Rights of Iraq (2004-2005)

  9. Ebtesam AL-KETBI, Founder and President, Emirates Policy Center

  10. Fyodor LUKYANOV, Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

  11. Gürkan KUMBAROĞLU, Director of the Energy Policy Research Center, Boğaziçi University; President, Turkish Association for Energy Economics

  12. Hasan Selim ÖZERTEM, Political Analyst, Ankara

  13. Ilyas UMAKHANOV, Deputy Chairperson of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

  14. Irina ZVYAGELSKAYA, Chief Research Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

  15. Ismail OULD CHEIKH AHMED, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Yemen

  16. Jamal KHASHOGGI,  Writer (Saudi Arabia)

  17. John BELL, Director of the Middle East and Mediterranean Programme, Toledo International Centre for Peace in Madrid

  18. Leonid GRIGORYEV, Chief Adviser to the Head of the Analytical Centre under the Government of the Russian Federation 

  19. Mikhail BOGDANOV, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

  20. Mohammed MARANDI, Associate Professor, University of Tehran

  21. Moshe YA'ALON,  Minister of Defense of the State of Israel (2013-2016)

  22. Nabil FAHMY, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt (2013-2014); Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, American University in Cairo

  23. Nourhan ELSHEIKH, Professor of Political Science, Cairo University; Member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs

  24. P. R. KUMARASWAMY, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

  25. Paul VALLELY, Major General, US Army (Ret); Chairman, Stand Up America and the Legacy National Security Advisory Group

  26. Raghida DERGHAM, Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute; Columnist and New York Bureau Chief, Al Hayat

  27. Said FERJANI, Member of the political bureau, Ennahdha Party (Tunisia)

  28. Shaukat AZIZ, Prime Minister of Pakistan (2004-2007)

  29. Valentina MATVIENKO, Chairperson of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation 

  30. Vasily KUZNETSOV, Director, Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

  31. Vitaly NAUMKIN,  President of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences 

  32. Vyacheslav TRUBNIKOV, Director of Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation (1996-2000), First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2000-2004)
  33. Steven HEYDEMANN, Chair in Middle East Studies, Smith College; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution 

  34. Na’eem JEENAH, Executive director, Afro-Middle East Centre, South Africa

  35. Sadiq AL-RIKABI, Member of the Iraqi Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee

  36. Kayhan BARZEGAR, Director, Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (IMESS) in Tehran

  37. Taisuke ABIRU, Senior Representative, Representative Office in Moscow, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

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