Russia and Global Security Risks
The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: Is It Just the Beginning? Speakers

On June 17, at 4:00 PM Moscow time (GMT +3), the Valdai Club will host an expert discussion, titled “The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: Is It Just the Beginning?”


  • Maria Khodynskaya-Golenischeva, Chief Advisor in Strategic Planning Department of Russia’s MFA. Professor of Applied International Analysis Department in MGIMO University

  • Igor Matveev, Full State Counsellor of the Russian Federation, 3rd class; Senior Research Fellow, Center of Arab and Islamic Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • Sergey Shevchuk, General Director of the Russian Humanitarian Mission;

  • Philip Spoerri, Head of Delegation in Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);

  • Guney YildizIPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellow with Centre for Applied Turkey Studies at German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP-Berlin);

  • Hames Zreik, CEO of the Damascus Centre for Research and Studies.


  • Ivan Timofeev, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club.