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

  • 09:00 AM to 17:00 PM
  • 12 October 2018
  • Italian Institute for International Political Studies, Milan

Over the last years, the myth of a Russian “return” to the MENA region after a prolonged period of quasi-absence has captured increasing attention by policy makers and the scientific community. In particular, since late September 2015, the Russian military intervention in Syria has prompted the rise of expectations and speculations on Moscow’s intentions to impose itself as a central actor able to affect the course of events in the broader Middle East.

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.

This workshop will aim to examine whether the Russian presence in the MENA region represents an extemporaneous phenomenon, or is it destined to last, as well as how is the Russian presence influencing the balance of power and the posture of other players in the region.

The workshop is organised in the framework of EuroMeSCo ENI Project, co-funded by the European Commission and the IEMed.






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
Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti Research Fellow ISPI - Italian Institute for International Political Studies
Christopher Hartwell Associate Professor Bournemouth University