Based on Emirates Policy Center’s keen interest in examining the shifts in the strategies and policies of major powers, and their implications for regional security and stability, EPC organizes a lecture in Abu Dhabi that sheds light on Russia’s policy towards the Middle East, its limitations and shifts. This topic has become more significant, particularly with a Russia’s new emergence as one of the key actors in the region after its military intervention the Syrian crisis. The lecture attempts to foresee the Russian policy in the region after recent regional and global developments, notably the developments in the Syrian crisis, and the US policy after President Donald Trump came into office. The lecture also looks into how the Russian policy can converge with policies of other regional actors specifically Iran, Turkey, and GCC countries.
The lecture is to be delivered by HE Veniamin Popov, who is a former Russian ambassador, Director of the Center for Partnership of Civilizations in Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the MoFA of Russian Federation, and Coordinator of the Group of Strategic vision “Russia-Islamic world” and Dr. Wassim Khalil Kalaajieh, who is a researcher and specialist in Russian affairs and a member of the Moscow-based Group of Strategic vision “Russia-Islamic world.