Russia and the Middle East

Viewpoints, Policies, Strategies

This collection of articles and essays paints an intriguing portrait of Russia’s Middle East vision and how it has developed over the last two decades. Carefully selected by Fyodor Lukyanov, editor in chief of the acclaimed journal Russia in Global Affairs, many of these pieces are written by officials who played a direct part in crafting Russian policy in this dynamic region: from the late Yevgeny Primakov, prime minister under both Yeltsin and Putin; to longtime Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, UN adviser Vladimir Orlov, and Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak.

Russia and the Middle East also features contributions from reputable scholars on a range of topics that include regional conflicts, the Arab Spring, terrorism, Islamic doctrine, demographic trends and much more. These experts, diplomats and state leaders address challenging, relevant questions such as:

  • Why did Russia choose Syria as the place to reassert itself as a superpower?
  • How do Russia’s geopolitical interests in the Middle East coincide and conflict with those of the West?
  • What repercussions has the Arab Spring had on the region and the world as a whole?
  • How can the global community address the problem of terrorism?
  • What economic opportunities does this region offer?
  • Does the Middle East hold the key to a “new world order”?

The issues examined in this collection will engage a wide audience of researchers, students and policymakers who have even peripheral interest in the Middle East, the Muslim world, and Russian geopolitical perspectives.

Russia and the Middle East


  • Editor: Fyodor Lukyanov
  • ISBN: 978-1-879944-75-6
  • Year: 2019
  • Publisher: East View Press
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 382
  • Format: Print
  • Price: $49.95

Table of Contents

Part 1. Strategy: Regional Problems in Global Perspective
1.1. Decades of International Insecurity

Yevgeny Primakov.  The United Nations: Challenges of Our Time
Yevgeny Primakov.  The Fundamental Conflict
Aleksandr Dynkin, Vladimir Pantin.  The Modern Era and the Crisis of the 1970s
Vladimir Orlov.  The Glass Menagerie of Non-Proliferation

1.2. Islam and Islamist Movements

Aleksei Malashenko.  Landmarks on the Road to Jihad
Rafael Khakimov.  The Modernization of Islam: How Plausible Is It?
Aleksei Malashenko.  Islam as We See It
Vasily Kuznetsov.  The Islamic State: Alternative Statehood?

1.3. Energy and Natural Resources

Andrei Baklanov.  Oil Prices: Action Strategy Needed
Aleksandr Novak.  Old Goals, New Tasks
Anastasia Likhachova.  Water and Peace

Part 2. Tactics and Interactions: Falling Into the Same Traps
2.1. Countering Terrorism

Anatoly Adamishin.  Learning to Fight International Terrorism
Yevgeny Satanovsky.  A No-Compromise War
Anatoly Vishnevsky.  Demography and Terrorist Threats

2.2. À la guerre comme à la guerre (Military Analysis)

Aleksandr Golts.  Warfare Against the Rules
Aleksei Arbatov.  Winning a War Without Losing the Peace
Ruslan Pukhov.  A Proving Ground for the Future
Prokhor Tebin.  The Limits of Capabilities

Part 3. The  Middle East as a Factor of World Order (and Disorder)
3.1. The Arab Spring: Democracy and Revolution

Yevgeny Satanovsky.  Revolutions and Democracy in the Islamic World
Veronika Kostenko, Eduard Ponarin, Pavel Kuzmichov.  A Different Democracy
Aleksandr Aksenyonok, Irina Zvyagelskaya.  Listening to the Music of the Revolution?

3.2. Prospects for Stability in the Region

Sergei Lavrov.  Democracy, International Governance, and the Future World Order
Pyotr Stegny.  The Middle East: à la Versailles or à la Westphalia?
Yevgeny Satanovsky.  Between Crisis and Catastrophe
Andrej Krickovic, Yuval Weber.  Harass and Hold Out

3.3. Emerging Geopolitical Balances

Dmitry Yefremenko.  By the Waters of Babylon
Andrei Kortunov.  Russia: The Power Broker in the Middle East?
Fyodor Lukyanov.  Will US Pullout From Syria Increase Risk of Conflict With Russia?

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