Valdai Club to Present a New Paper on Economic Integration in the Middle East
Valdai Discussion Club Conference Hall (Bolshaya Tatarskaya 42, Moscow, Russia)
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On October 23, at 12.00, the Valdai Discussion Club is to present a Valdai Paper titled “Economic Integration in the Middle East: Problems and Prospects”.

Currently, the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa are facing significant socio-economic challenges. They are able to deal with them, but that requires solving problems not only at the national, but also at the regional level. There are some integration processes in the region, but their speed and effectiveness raise concerns.

The Valdai Paper titled “Economic Integration in the Middle East: Problems and Prospects” analyses integrational capacities of the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa. The work presents a research on the major problems undermining the real integration of the region. It also suggests some approaches to strengthening integration processes in the Middle East.

What are the main socio-economic challenges the Arab countries in the Middle East are facing? What hinders the integrational projects? What new economic and political opportunities can be opened in the Arab world due to consolidation?


  • Dmitry Maryasis, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Israel, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Deputy Dean, EMIT RANEPA (the Paper’s author);

  • Andrey Fedorchenko, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations;

  • Alexander Akimov, Head, Department of Economic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

  • Omar Al-Ubaydli, Director of Research at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat).


  • Andrey Sushentsov, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Director of the Institute of International Studies at MGIMO University.

Working languages: English, Russian.

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