The Middle East in the modern world. The sixth session of the Primakov Readings will take place on July 2

29 June 2020

On July 2, the sixth online session of the Primakov Readings “The Middle East in the Modern World: "The Prisoner of Time” will take place at Interfax news agency. A joint project of IMEMO RAS and Interfax has been implemented with the support of the Gorchakov Fund, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and World Trade Center Moscow. A series of online meetings with experts, politicians and public activists will be organized as part of the project at the premises of the news agency. Important problems of international relations and world economy during the periods of crises will be discussed.

The following speakers will take part in the event:

  • Vitaly Naumkin, Academic Director the Institute of Oriental Studies RAS, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences;

  • Aleksandr Aksenenok, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies RAS, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary;

  • Irina Zvyagelskaya, Head of the Center for the Middle Eastern Studies at IMEMO RAS.

Moderator – Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of the President of Russia for International Cultural Cooperation.

Main discussion topics:

  • The role of the Middle East in world politics: what may change?
  • The temptation with peace – opportunities and obstacles to conflict resolution. Prospects of the Russian presence;
  • Old problems in the light of new approaches.

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A live broadcast of the event will be available here and on the forum's website.

The agenda of the online session can be viewed here

The event will start at 11:00 am Moscow time on Thursday.