Andrey Bystritskiy on the Valdai Club Conference ‘Russia in the Middle East: Playing on All Fields’

Andrey Bystritskiy on the Valdai Club Conference ‘Russia in the Middle East: Playing on All Fields’
18.02.2018

Opening of the Valdai Club Middle East Conference. Session 1. Russia in the Middle East: A Paradox of Perception

Opening of the Valdai Club Middle East Conference. Session 1. Russia in the Middle East: A Paradox of Perception
19.02.2018

Main Risk Factors in the Middle East in 2018

Main Risk Factors in the Middle East in 2018
19.02.2018

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: Playing on All Fields.” The conference took place in the format of an expert dialogue with the participation of well-known politicians, diplomats, experts and public figures from more than 30 countries.

Watch the broadcast of the opening ceremony and the first session "Russia in the Middle East: A Paradox of Perception" on February 19 at 09.30

Working languages: Russian, English, Arabic.

The participants discussed the following issues:

  • What is the current hierarchy of Russia’s interests in the region?

  • How do other actors perceive Russia’s role in the region?

  • Is there a prospect of Russia’s military assets being used further and how can they be correlated with the tools of diplomacy?

  • To what extent is Russia’s mediation necessary for regional and external actors?

  • What are the prospects of trilateral interaction between Russia, Turkey, and Iran and can new multilateral alliances with Russia’s participation emerge?

Read more about the session in the Programme of the conference.

Video from all the sessions: 

Session 1. Russia in the Middle East: A Paradox of Perception

Session 2. Syria: After War, Peace

Session 3. Yemen: An Unnoticed Tragedy?

Session 4. Middle Eastern Settlement: An Exploded Quiet?

Session 5. Bringing Libya Back: A Common Cause?

Session 6. The Fate of the Kurds: A Central Issue?

Session 7. Iran: An Independent Course?

Session 8. The Future of One Region