Middle East in a Time of Change: Towards New Stability Architecture – Speakers

On February 17-18, 2020, the Valdai Discussion Club, in partnership with the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, will hold its Ninth Middle East Conference. This year, discussions are dedicated to the theme “Middle East in a Time of Change: Towards New Stability Architecture”. The focus of the programme is the regional architecture and scenarios of what the 2020s will bring to the region.

  1. Anwar ABDULHADE, Director, Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization
  2. Amal ABOU ZEID, Advisor to the President Lebanon; Member of the Lebanese Parliament, Free Patriotic Movement (2016–2018)

  3. Ali ALAHMAD, Political and public figure, Syria

  4. Ebtesam AL-KETBI, Founder and President, Emirates Policy Center

  5. Mustafa AYDIN, President, International Relations Council of Turkey

  6. Hrair BALIAN, Director, Conflict Resolution Program, The Carter Center

  7. Andrey BYSTRITSKIY, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

  8. Galip DALAY, Research Director, Al Sharq Forum; Mercator Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

  9. Raghida DERGHAM, Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute

  10. Mohamed ELJARH, Co-Founder and CEO, Libya Outlook for Research and Consulting

  11. Joost HILTERMANN, Programme Director, Middle East and North Africa, International Crisis Group

  12. Mohammed IHSAN, Senior Professor, College of War, King’s College London

  13. Maria KHODYNSKAYA-GOLENISHCHEVA, Senior Advisor, Foreign Policy Planning Department, Russian Foreign Ministry

  14. Andrey KORTUNOV, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council

  15. Vasily KUZNETSOV, Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences

  16. Daniel LEVY, President U.S. / Middle East Project

  17. Fyodor LUKYANOV, Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of theValdai Discussion Club

  18. Zvi MAGEN, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) Tel Aviv University

  19. Ahmad MAJDALANI, Minister of Social Development of the State of Palestine

  20. Omar MOHAMMED, Founder, Mosul Eye

  21. Igor MORGULOV, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

  22. Amre MOUSSA, Secretary General, League of Arab States (2001-2011)

  23. Vitaly NAUMKIN, President, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science; Full Member, Russian Academy of Sciences

  24. Nir ROSEN, Syria and Iraq Advisor, Humanitarian Dialogue Centre

  25. Mehdi SANAEI, Senior Advisor to Iranian Foreign Minister

  26. Dorothée SCHMID, Senior Research Fellow, Head of Ifri’s Turkey and Middle East Program

  27. Randa SLIM, Senior Fellow and Director, Conflict Resolution and Track II Dialogues Program, Middle East Institute

  28. Ivan TIMOFEEV, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club

  29. Yahia H. ZOUBIR, Senior Professor of International Studies; Director of Research in Geopolitics, KEDGE Business School, Visiting Fellow at the Brooking Doha Center

  30. Irina ZVYAGELSKAYA, Head, Center for Middle East Studies, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences