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H.E. Ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy
Embassy of the Russian Federation
Roundtable
28 February, 2017

We are currently observing many events with potentially huge impact on world politics. Brexit referendum and the latest US presidential election have signaled a backlash against globalization. The upcoming presidential election in France and federal election in Germany may severely undermine the European Union. Located in the European neighbourhood, the Eastern Mediterranean region is more unstable than ever. The Syrian civil war is entering its sixth year, Islamist radicalization has led to even greater terrorist threat in the region and beyond, and Turkey, the West’s most important regional ally, is on the fast track to dictatorship. From the Russian perspective, we are currently witnessing the collapse of the so-called liberal world order, which was destined to fail from the very beginning. How does Russia see itself in relation to these developments? What are the prospects of Russia-US relations under Trump’s presidency? What is Russia’s position on various aspects of the Cyprus problem? How does Russia see Turkey’s role in the Syrian conflict? What future in the post-settlement Syria does it envision for the Kurds? These and other questions are answered by the Russian ambassador to Cyprus, H.E. Stanislav Osadchiy.

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EMF Conference Part 11: Turkey’s Struggle for World Hegemony of the Islamic People

Dr. David Altman – Senior Vice President, Netanya Academic College Strategic Culture of Turkey
For centuries Turkey was perceived in Europe as a cultural outsider and a military threat. That changed after the collapse and division of the Ottoman Empire. The newly established Republic of Turkey entered the process of secularisation, modernisation and Europeanisation aimed at including it in the Western institutional architecture. However, under the rule of the AKP and Recep Tayyip Erdogan much of this process has been reversed. Over the last years Turkey has been steadily drifting away from the West, driven by Erdogan’s ambition for world hegemony of the Islamic people. What does that mean for the region and beyond? What conditions need to be fulfilled for Erdogan to achieve his goal?

https://erpic.org/portfolio-post/emf-conference-turkeys-struggle-for-world-hegemony-of-the-islamic-people-dr-david-altman-5-7-december-2016/

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EMF Conference Part 10: The Latest Developments in Turkey
Brigadier General (Retd.) Christos Minagias
(in Greek)

Since the Justice and Development Party was brought into power in 2002, Turkey’s foreign policy has experienced significant changes. On the one hand it strengthened the sense of unity and harmony within the country and helped develop its soft power. However, in the recent years rapid changes have occurred in Turkey which have put into question policies implemented by the Erdogan regime. Analysing the latest developments in Turkey, the rise and fall, as well as the vision of its foreign policy, Christos Minagias attempts to answer such questions as: Is Turkey drifting away from the West? Why is it collapsing so fast? What are the prospects for the future?

https://erpic.org/portfolio-post/emf-conference-the-latest-developments-in-turkey-brigadier-general-retd-christos-minagias-5-7-december-2016/

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EMF Conference Part 9: Political Islam in the Eastern Mediterranean
Professor Farid Mirbagheri – Department of International Relations, University of Nicosia

The Eastern Mediterranean is a strategically important region which constitutes a buffer zone between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The region, riven by conflicts and mired in chaos is also home to political Islam, which is currently one of the most powerful political forces in the Islamic world. While internally driven by religiosity and devotion to God, the recent rise of political Islam is to a great extent fueled by the power struggle between fundamentalist regimes of Saudi Arabia and Iran, reinforced by wrong policies of the US, and its withdrawal from the region.

https://erpic.org/portfolio-post/emf-conference-political-islam-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-professor-farid-mirbagheri-5-7-december-2016/

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EMF Conference Part 8: What would be Necessary to Rethink the Iran P5+1 Agreement?
Dr. Yair Hirschfeld – Vice Chair of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue
The newly elected US president has expressed his dissatisfaction with the Iran P5+1 agreement and signalled his willingness to renegotiate it. Dr Hirschfeld discusses possible options for curtailing Iran’s hegemonic ambitions in the region, which will most probably be reinforced by the deal in its current shape. One of the options includes closer cooperation between Israel and the Sunni Arab states, potentially leading to the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as support for the Kurds in Syria.
https://erpic.org/portfolio-post/655/
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