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The rôle of Russia in the middle east and north Africa region

April 2019. Written by Valeria Talbot, Chiara Lovotti, Ziad A. Akl, Youssef Cherif, Christopher Hartwell, Mira Milosevich, Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti

This Joint Policy Study investigates the role that Russia has played, is playing and is likely to play in shaping future political alignments in the MENA region.


Over the last few years, the myth of a Russian “return” to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has captured increasing attention from policy-makers all over the area and beyond, as well as the academic community. This widespread narrative originated, in particular, in the Syrian crisis and the Russian military intervention in the country. After a prolonged period of disengagement from the MENA region, the Syrian crisis provided the Kremlin with a front door to return to a region that has always been of geostrategic relevance to its foreign projection...

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019
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