The Caucasus Dialogue. Day 2. An interconnection between Caucasus and the Middle East

29 July 2016

On July 28, work within the framework of research and educational program the Caucasus Dialogue – 2016 has continued at the Chechen State Pedagogical University. Pro-rector for General Matters of the university Anzor Gatayev has also participated in the discussions.


Member of the Gorchakov Fund’s Club of Friends Alikhan Israilov is informing about that.


According to him, lectures in economics, foreign policy and terrorism issues have sparked interest of the audience.


Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Regional Studies and Foreign Policy of the Russian State University for the Humanities Sergey Markedonov made a presentation on interconnections of Caucasus and the Middle East. “The role and influence of Turkey, Iran, Israel on the countries of South Caucasus. The Middle East and North Caucasus. ISIS and Wilayah al-Qawqaz. Priorities of the Russian policy, impact of bilateral relations (between Russia and other countries) on the Caucasus dynamics”, specified the political scientist on his Facebook page.


One of the participants of the Caucasus Dialogue Armen Ayrapetyan shared key theses of the speech by Sergey Markedonov:


“Differences between a foreign policy of post-Soviet Russia and the USSR in the Middle East are the following. The policy of the Soviet Union was based on a revolutionary strategy, was filled with ideological content and could be aligned with logics of the cold war.


The policy of modern Russia is ad-hoc, not transcendental, conservative, protective, based on national egoism, diversified and diverse. The policy of Moscow in many aspects was dictated by internal political motivation, specifically, in the field of security. The Syrian agenda of Russia is related to post-Soviet agenda and contexts.


This is where certain multi-vector nature of the foreign policy in the region comes from.


Common interests with Israel in terms of a perspective on the Great Patriotic War are prevention of revisionism.


Turkish agenda is special for Russia and is complicated by emergence of independent Armenia and Azerbaijan and character of relations of those new countries with Russia and Turkey as well as with each other.


Different views of Russia and Turkey on the events of the “Arab spring” resulted in the events of November of 2015”.

Points of view of the authors, published on the website, might not coincide with a position of the Gorchakov Fund.