Emirates Policy Center (EPC) holds a lecture on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi on “Russian Policy towards the Middle East”, which will be delivered jointly 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 specialized in Russian affairs and a member of the Group of Strategic vision “Russia-Islamic world”.

Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, President of EPC, said the lecture aims at shedding light on Russian policy in the Middle East, its limitations and shifts, especially after Moscow has become one of the key actors in the wake of its involvement in Syria.

The lecture tries to foresee Moscow’s policy in the region in light of the regional and international shifts, notably the developments in the Syrian crisis and the American policy after the Trump Administration took office, Dr. Al-Ketbi said.

The lecture will also tackle the way Russian policy has converged with the policies of the most important regional actors, specifically Iran, Turkey and GCC countries, she added.

Dr. Al-Ketbi pointed out that this lecture stems from EPC’s interest in examining shifts in the strategies and policies of the major powers, especially towards the region, and the implications of these shifts for regional security and stability.

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