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In this seminar, ideas and conclusions from speaker Dr Derek Averre’s recent book, Russia's strategy in the Middle East and North Africa, will be presented.

The book explores Russia's thinking and decision-making, and the key policy challenges faced by Moscow, in the context of its relations with both the regional MENA states and the major external powers.

It focuses on Russia’s intervention in the Syrian civil war; the domestic sources of its foreign policy; its clash with the Western powers over issues pertaining to sovereignty and humanitarian norms; its response to the challenge posed by Islamist extremism; and its political-military and economic interests in the MENA region.

Dr Averre will draw on ideas developed in the book to examine the consequences of the shift in Russia’s foreign policy orientation away from the West following its military intervention in Ukraine, and the implications of Moscow’s more assertive global strategy in its bid to shape the political, economic and socio-cultural contours of a ‘multipolar’ world order, exploiting the Global South countries’ dissatisfaction with Western-led global governance.

The event is taking place in room K3.11, in the Strand building, WC2R 2LS.


Dr Derek Averre is Honorary Reader in Russian Foreign and Security Policy and former Director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna and was formerly a VP at the College of Europe NATOLIN. His current research focuses on Russia’s relations with the countries of the Global South. Recent research interests focused on Russian foreign/security policy, Russia-EU relations, Russia's relations with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and arms control/non-proliferation issues. He has published a number of extensively-cited academic and policy-related articles in the sphere of Russia’s relations with the EU and NATO, Russia’s role in European security governance, Russia-MENA relations and arms control in the post-Soviet period. His latest work is a book, published by Manchester University Press, entitled Russian Strategy in the Middle East and North Africa. He has been principal/co-investigator in successful bids for around £3 million of research funding, inter alia from the UK Government for projects on arms control and economic transition; from European Union-funded projects involving European and Russian scholars; and from a NATO Advanced Research Workshop grant.

Event details

Strand Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS