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Russia in the Middle East: Tactics, Instruments, Strategy and Goals

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There is an outpouring of reporting on Russian activities in Syria, and to a lesser degree other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Until now, however, there has been no single effort to analyze the totality of Russian objectives, as well as its instruments of power, tactics and strategy, in the greater Middle East or their implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Please join The Jamestown Foundation, on April 17, 2018, from 2:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., as our panel of experts discusses these developments, analyzes Russia’s activity in the Middle East, and considers what the U.S. strategy and reaction should be to Russia’s provocative behavior.


2:30 P.M.–2:35 P.M.

Glen Howard
President, The Jamestown Foundation

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Opening Remarks
2:35 P.M.–2:50 P.M.

Michael Carpenter
Senior Director, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement;
and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

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Panel One:

Economics, Energy and Russian Policies Toward
the Middle East and North Africa

2:50 P.M.–3:50 P.M.

“Russia’s Energy and Economic Strategies in the Gulf and North Africa”

Theodore Karasik
Senior Advisor, Gulf State Analytics

“Jordanian-Russian Policy Coordination on the Syrian Civil War”

Shehab al-Makahleh
Executive Director, Geostrategic Media Center

Russia’s Complex Relations With Iran and Turkey”

Rauf Mammadov
Resident Scholar for Energy Policy, The Middle East Institute


Stephen Blank
Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council

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Coffee Break

3:50 P.M.–4:00 P.M.

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Panel Two:

Russian Defense Policies and Goals in the Middle East

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

“Russian Military Strategy, Objectives and Lessons Learned in Syria”

Stephen Blank
Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council

“Russia’s Arms Sales in the Region and Their Implications”

Anna Borschevskaya
Ira Weiner Fellow, The Washington Institute
for Near East Policy


Theodore Karasik
Senior Advisor, Gulf State Analytics

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Concluding Remarks

5:00 P.M.