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For people leaving the Mediterranean, the likelihood of dying is now much higher than what it was in 2016. This is according to the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center, Craig Spencer, MD. Spencer, coordinated Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) national epidemiological response in Guinea during the Ebola outbreak and has provided medical care onboard a MSF medical search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean.

In February, the Paris Center hosted two conferences that charted the complex, under-explored world of bioethics in relation to US policy, professional practice, law, and designer babies.

Ce texte est publié dans The Conversation à l’occasion du colloque « Derrida et la technologie » organisé à Paris les 2, 3, 4 mai 2019 au Columbia Global Centers l Paris.

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. It is being converted into a Routledge book, scheduled for publication in early 2020.

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

With support from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.

The Paris Center welcomed acclaimed author Maryse Condé, recipient of the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature, for a day-long celebration of her work and legacy.