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.
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?