For decades Russia defined its role in the Middle East in terms of relations with Iran, Iraq, and Syria. As a member of the Quartet -- composed of Russia, the United Nations, European Union, United States -- Russia's role in Middle East affairs was muted. With the 2006 war in Lebanon, the recent Gaza Crisis, and new economic interests in the region, a more proactive Russia has emerged, pursuing policies that are significantly different from those of the United States.
At a discussion hosted by Carnegie Europe and Young DGAP, Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and Marina Ottaway, Director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment, discussed new dynamics and old superpower rivalries in the region.
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