Russia and the Arab Uprising: While Europe and the United States were caught unprepared for the revolutions of 2011, Russia seized the opportunity to expand its influence over the Middle East and North Africa. One decade on, Russia has emerged as a decisive power in Syria and Libya, is drawing closer to Turkey and Iran, and has sought parity with US influence among the Arab Gulf states. The more the West retreats from the region, the further Russia advances.
Chair: Eugene Rogan (St. Antony's College, Oxford)
Speakers: Alexey Vasiliev (Russian Academy of Sciences) and Vitaly Naumkin (Russian Academy of Sciences)
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