Russia’s Economic Ties and Political Networks in the Mediterranean

Expertenworkshop zu wirtschaftlichen und politischen Ambitionen Russlands in der Mittelmeerregion in Zusammenarbeit mit KAS Moskau


Monday, 17 September

09:30Welcome and Introduction

  • Dr. Canan Atilgan, Director, Regional Program South Mediterranean, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tunisia
  • Claudia Crawford, Head of Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Russia
09:45Panel 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

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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

11:30Coffee break

12:00Feedback and Recommendations

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