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The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region - Strategy or Opportunism?

May 2, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tunis

In recent years it has appeared that Russia has returned to become a major player in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While some observers have pointed at the new “Russian moment” as mere opportunism, others have attributed its interventionism to a proper and broader strategy, a sort of “grand plan” of the Kremlin for the MENA region. Both views, however, may be partial and incomplete.

Is the growing Russian assertiveness in the region a sufficient element to speak of a proper Moscow’s “strategy”? Or is Russia limiting itself to catch opportunities offered by contexts of crisis, in order to regain prominence in the region and, through it, increase its influence in global politics? Or does the answer lie in between? What are the elements of continuity with the role that Russia has played in the past, and what changes have occurred? How is the Russian presence influencing the posture of other players in the region?

This public event marked the launching of a Joint Policy Study “The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Strategy or Opportunism?”, edited by the EuroMeSCo network and coordinated by Valeria Talbot and Chiara Lovotti from ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies.

The study analyses the role of Russia in the MENA region, trying to shed light on elements of continuity and change with the past.


SPEAKERS

 

Valeria Talbot
Senior Research Fellow,
Co-Head of Middle East and North Africa Centre ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies

 

Youssef Cherif
Deputy Director
Columbia Global Centers | Tunis

 

Ziad A. Akl
Senior Researcher
ACPSS – Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies

 

Mira MilosevichSenior Analyst
Elcano Royal Institute

 

Chiara Lovotti
Associate Research Fellow
ISPI - Italian Institute for International Political Studies

 

Christopher Hartwell
Associate Professor
Bournemouth University

 

Marc Franco
Senior Associate Fellow
EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations

 

Valeria Talbot Senior Research Fellow, Co-Head of Middle East and North Africa Centre ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies

 

Youssef Cherif Deputy Director Columbia Global Centers | Tunis

 

Mira Milosevich Senior Analyst Elcano Royal Institute

 

Chiara Lovotti Associate Research Fellow ISPI - Italian Institute for International Political Studies

 

Christopher Hartwell Associate Professor Bournemouth University