On February 28 — March 1, the Valdai Discussion Club, with the support of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, hosted its 12th Middle East Conference, titled “The New Middle East and the Security Crisis in Europe: Effects of Mutual Influence”. The Middle East conference will be held at the Club’s Moscow office (16/1 Tsvetnoy Boulevard, Moscow, Russia).
The Middle East Conference will be attended by about 50 leading experts dealing with the region, including active politicians and intellectuals from 18 countries, including Algeria, China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and UAE. From the Russian side, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov and First Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia Pavel Sorokin will be guests of honour at the Middle East conference. High-ranking foreign guests arriving in Moscow will include Bouthaina Shaaban, Advisor to the President of Syria; Çağrı Erhan, Rector, Altinbas University, Advisor to the President of Turkey; and Amal Abu Zeid, Lebanese presidential adviser