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Maria Dubovikova

Maria Dubovikova is a prominent political commentator, researcher and expert on Middle East affairs. She is president of the Moscow-based International Middle Eastern Studies Club (IMESClub).

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Putin ready to lead Russia into new era

Vladimir Putin has given his annual speech to the Federation Council, surprisingly arranging it not in the Kremlin but at Moscow’s Central Exhibition Hall. In his speech, he addressed numerous vital aspects of life in Russia, setting the goals and priorities for the upcoming years.

March 04, 2018

Middle Eastern players all talking but none are listening

The Valdai Discussion Club — the main expert discussion platform in Russia — last week held its annual conference on the Middle East. It was the most representative Middle Eastern Valdai in history, as it was attended by two foreign ministers (Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and Iran’s Javad Zarif), the d

February 25, 2018

Russia plays kingmaker in the Middle East

While US representatives are going to Middle Eastern countries to discuss American concerns, the region’s leaders are visiting Russia. In the space of about two weeks, Russia has hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah.

February 16, 2018

Remember Napoleon: Why sanctions will never work against Russia

The effectiveness of sanctions against Russia is debated all over the West. Some acknowledge that they do not work, and say it is time to launch a dialogue instead.

February 10, 2018

Putin will win six more years — but what then?

A presidential election in Russia is scheduled for March 18 — symbolically marking the anniversary of the date of Crimea’s “return” to the motherland — but the outcome is already clear.

February 06, 2018

Russian political stances beyond Western calculations

It is hard to believe that Western powers could ever have expected the invitation extended by Moscow to concerned parties to attend the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

January 29, 2018

Afrin battle further complicates Syrian conflict

The Turkish military operation in Afrin in northwestern Syria has started, and future military operations are likely in Manbij and as far as the borders of Iraq as Turkey strives to ​​expel the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers this organization to

January 24, 2018

Was the Arab Spring a failure?

After monitoring the results of the Arab Spring over the last few years, the next step is to understand why some demonstrations have failed to break the status quo and others have produced catastrophic results. The best approach in this regard is to compare expectations and results.

January 19, 2018

Growing bond between Moscow and Tehran

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif have discussed preparations for a proposed Syrian national dialogue conference in the Russian city of Sochi, as well as the nuclear deal with Iran and the recent protests there.

January 13, 2018

Russia’s vision for a new Syria to be tested in Sochi

Russia, Turkey and Iran — the guarantors of a cease-fire in Syria — agreed at the end of December to hold the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in the Russian resort of Sochi on Jan. 29 and 30.

January 08, 2018