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Capitol Hill Seminar – “Russian Roulette: Putin’s Increasing Footprint in the Middle East and North Africa”
March 19 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This event will be available as a Webinar ONLY
Ever since the Soviet Union collapsed 1991, Russia had no longer been regarded as a major power player in the Middle East. That is until 2015, when Russia sent its airpower to Syria. Today, as the United States under President Donald Trump is retreating from the Middle East, Russia seems to be emerging as a major power. We see how Putin has intervened to help preserve Syrian President Bashir Assad’s power over Syria. We also are seeing how Russian President Vladimir Putin has reached out to the Libyan leader Khalifa Haftar, as he is simultaneously brokering relationships with the government of Fayez al-Sarraj.
It is quite obvious, that as America withdraws from the Middle East, Putin is quickly swooping in to fill the void, and is trying to resurrect himself as a major power broker.
Is Putin trying to resurrect himself as a major power broker? What are Putin’s intentions in Syria and in Libya? Is Libya doomed to follow along Syria’s path? Here to answer these questions and more are three eminent scholars: Diliman Abdulkader, Aykan Erdemir, and Stephen Blank.