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I believe that during the last months, we have been witnessing very serious changes inside Syria and around Syria. So, I will start with some truth inventory of the main developments that can help us to understand what is going on. The first issue that I would like to stress is that we are still wit...

In the title, itself, we have the answer, if there is some logic in what is going on that means it is good. Of course, logic in the activities of Russia but not in the situation itself. The situation is not logical at all. I am going to be brief because it is a huge region, and everything is evolvin...

I am going to tell just a few words on Syria and the heart of the Middle East. The Middle East is seated on three pillars - Egypt, Iraq and Syria - and all these three countries are now in a quite difficult situation regarding the institutions of the states. Just look at the map to understand how th...

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21.05.2022

"The main thing, of course, is constant work, and in two directions. On the one hand, you need to constantly hone the skills that you have, especially in our specialty. You should never forget that if you know a language, it will always be at a high level. It needs to be constantly refreshed. This is on the one hand. On the other hand, you need to learn something new all the time. I'm used to the fact that you need to continuously immerse yourself in new things, new topics, new activities. This applies to both research and practical work. The Arab East and the Middle East provide a very wide field of action for self-realization, there is always an opportunity to learn something new, so human life is not enough for this. You need to leave a memory of yourself in the profession. Getting new knowledge, mastering something is very interesting and gives an incentive to life, without which it becomes boring," - Vitaliy Naumkin, director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

23.04.2018

“Prof. Naumkin is not only an academic and a key Russian expert on the Middle East, but he has also a deep practical insight into Russian interests in the region. This particular experience makes his presentation at once unique and very valuable. We highly appreciate the idea to make the Swiss Embassy the venue for this special meeting of the Trialogue Club International.”, - Col. Bruno Russi, Swiss Defense Attaché and Dean of the Defense Attachés Corps in Moscow.

06.07.2017

“Russia’s position can be seen as equally close or equi-distant from all of the countries in the Arabia. Russia is interested in maintaining quite well-balanced relations with all the actors in this new drama. I believe that our position is close to the position of the U.S. and Europe, because no one wants destabilization in the Middle East which could lead to catastrophic results», — Vitaly Naumkin, President of Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

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Name: Naumkin Vitaly V.
City: Moscow, Russia
Affiliation: Prof., Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Academic Director, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Biography :

PhD in History, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1968, he graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of the Institute of Asian and African countries of Moscow State University (later Institute of Oriental Languages), where he specialized in the study of the history of Arab countries and the Arabic language. In 1966-1967, he had an interned at Cairo University and  American University in Cairo (Egypt). In 1968-1970 he served as an officer in the Soviet Army, taught at the Military Institute of Foreign Languages of the Defense Ministry. Since 1972, he began teaching medieval history of the Arab world, Islamic studies and modern political development of the Arab countries in the IAAC MSU. In 1972-1977, worked at the Graduate School of Social Sciences in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen. Twenty years of his career devoted to the Institute of Oriental Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he was the Head of Department of the Arab Countries, then served as Deputy Director of the Institute, and throughout 1994-2009 – Head of the Center for Arab Studies. He is also President of a non-profit NGO “Center for Strategic and Political Studies,” Editor-in-chief of the “Vostok/ORIENS” journal, member of the advisory Scientific Council under the Security Council of Russia. He leads the Department of Regional Studies at the Faculty of World Politics at Moscow State University. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2018.

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I believe that during the last months, we have been witnessing very serious changes inside Syria and around Syria. So, I will start with some truth inventory of the main developments that can help us to understand what is going on. The first issue that I would like to stress is that we are still wit...

In the title, itself, we have the answer, if there is some logic in what is going on that means it is good. Of course, logic in the activities of Russia but not in the situation itself. The situation is not logical at all. I am going to be brief because it is a huge region, and everything is evolvin...

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