Russia in the Middle East at a Time of Growing Tensions: A View from Israel | Wilson Center

Russia in the Middle East at a Time of Growing Tensions: A View from Israel

As the targeted killing of Qassem Suleimani is reshaping power alignments in the Middle East, Russia is determined not to let its influence in the region weaken. From Russian weapons deliveries to Turkey and Iran, to the civilian nuclear reactor the Kremlin is helping Egypt build, to Vladimir Putin’s recent surprise visit to Syria: all of these are meant to send a message of the Kremlin’s intention to remain a player in the region. What are Russia’s strategic objectives in this moment of change? Is Russia looking to fill the power vacuum left by a weakening Iran? Two top Israeli analysts offer their perspectives.

Speakers

  • Major General (Res.) Amos Gilead

    Executive Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), IDC Herzliya; Chairman of the IPS Annual Herzliya Conference Series.
  • Ksenia Svetlova

    Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya