What changes are being observed in the non-Arab states’ Middle East policies? Has neo-Ottomanism morphed from an ideological pipe dream into a foreign policy strategy? To what extent is Iran motivated by its imperial memories? Can the United States’ regional engineering be interpreted in terms of the colonial theory? Will the colonial legacy of European states be revised? Will the memory wars, which are currently shaking the western world, engulf the Middle East as well? What will be the Arab states’ place in the new system of regional relations? These issues were addressed during the second session of the Valdai Club Middle East Conference.
Andrei Baklanov, Professor – Head of the Middle East and North African Studies Section, Higher School of Economics
Qadri Jamil, Head, Syrian Opposition’s Moscow Platform; Secretary, People’s Will Party (Syria)
Ahmad Majdalani, Executive Committee Member, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
Eugene Rogan, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Oxford; Director of The Middle East Centre at St. Antony’s College, Oxford
Irina Zvyagelskaya, Head of the Centre for Middle East Studies, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) RAS