Since the outbreak of the uprising in Syria 2011, Russia has significantly upgraded its role in the region – leading even to a military intervention on behalf of the Syrian regime in 2015. In 2017, Russia is leading efforts to reach a political settlement in Syria. Also in other countries – for example in Egypt – Russia’s policies are increasingly proactive. Does Russia have a “grand plan” for MENA? This talk is the second in a series of four which examine scenarios for interaction with the Middle East and North Africa in the light of external changes: a radically new US administration; Russia’s increasingly proactive role in the Middle East; UK’s exit from the European Union; the EU’s new Global Strategy.
Nina Khrushcheva is Professor of International Affairs at the New School, New York. Currently she is a Guest of IWM’s Russia in Global Dialgue Program.
Moderation: Gudrun Harrer
Senior Editor, Der Standard; Lecturer on Modern History and Politics of the Middle East, University of Vienna and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna