Russia’s Economic Ties and Political Networks in the Mediterranean

September 17 Monday

Date/time

September 17 - 18, 2018

Loc.

Marrakech, Morocco

Type

Workshop

Expert workshop on Russian political and economic ambitions in the Mediterranean region in cooperation with KAS Moscow

Also available in Deutsch

Monday, 17 September

09:30 Welcome and Introduction

  • Dr. Canan Atilgan, Director, Regional Program South Mediterranean, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tunisia
  • Claudia Crawford, Head of Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Russia

09:45 Panel 1: Back in the game: Russia in the Southern Mediterranean
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aydın, Professor, Department of International Relations, Kadir Has University, Turkey

  • What’s at stake for Russia: costs of instability in the Southern Mediterranean
    Dr. Irina Zvyagelskay, Head of the Section for Middle East Studies, Institute for World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Alternative appeal: Russia’s soft power approach and mediation capacities
    Issandr El Amran, Project Director North Africa, International Crisis Group, Morocco
  • Russian public diplomacy in North Africa
    Dr.Sergey Kostelyanyets, Senior Research Fellow, Center for North African and African Horn Studies, Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • New capacities, new tactics: Russian hybrid warfare
    Dominik P. Jankowski, Political Adviser & Head of the Political Section, Polish Permanent Delegation to NATO, Brussels

11:15 Coffee break

11:45 Panel 2: Russian political ambitions: Moscow’s quest for strategic partnerships
Moderator: Dr. Canan Atilgan, Director, Regional Program South Mediterranean, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tunisia

  • Egypt: Russia’s political gateway to the region?
    Dr. H. A. Hellyer, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council, Egypt/UK
  • Libya as key to regional stability
    Dr. Vasily Kuznetsov, Head of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Military-technical cooperation with North Africa
    Yury Barmin, Expert, Russian International Affairs Council, Russia

13:15 Lunch

14:45 Panel 3: Russia’s economic access to the Southern Mediterranean
Moderator: Veronika Ertl, Research Associate, Regional Program South Mediterranean, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tunisia

  • Untapped energy sources: Diversification made in North Africa
    Alexandre Kateb, Director, COMPETENCE FINANCE, France
  • Trade and tourism: Economic gateways into the Southern Mediterranean
    Dr. Fathallah Oualalou, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center, Morocco
  • Russian capabilities and limitations for reconstruction in the region
    Dr. Nadia Arbatova, Head of Department, European Political Studies, Institute for World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Bilateral vs. regional: Capitalizing on regional economic compatibilities?
    Hedi Larbi, Associate, Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative, Harvard University & Former Minister of Economic Infrastructure and Sustainable Development, Tunisia

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

09:30 Panel 4: Stabilizing the region: competition or cooperation?
Moderator: Kristina Kausch, Senior Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund, Belgium

  • Finding common ground: fields of cooperation with the EU
    Dr. Hamza Meddeb, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Program, Chatham House, Tunisia
  • Security cooperation in the Southern Mediterranean: What role can NATO still play?
    Dr. Can Kasapoğlu, IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany & Defense Analyst, EDAM, Turkey
  • Maritime security: potentials for cooperation
    Col.-Maj. Dr. Taoufik Marrakchi, Associated Researcher, Royal Institute for Strategic Studies, Morocco
  • Russia and the Persian Gulf: An unlikely partnership?
    Dr. Nikolay Kozhanov, Visiting Lecturer, European University St. Petersburg & Academy Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program, Chatham House, Russia

11:30 Coffee break

12:00 Feedback and Recommendations

Contact person

Dr. Canan Atilgan

Director Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean

Dr. Canan Atilgan
Phone +216 70 02 94 60
Fax +216 71 96 23 81
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Türkçe,‎ русский,‎ Français

Veronika Ertl

Research Associate

Veronika Ertl
Phone +216 70 02 94 60
Fax +216 71 96 23 81
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Français