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Russia’s current role in the Middle East

An Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) webinar

Join us for an engaging EMET webinar as we explore Russia’s role in the Middle East with foreign-policy expert Stephen Blank.

In this enlightening discussion, we will delve into the current status of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the region. Blank also sheds light on how the war has influenced Russian foreign policy in Syria, Israel and Iran.

We will also explore Russian President Vladimir Putin’s relationship with the Russian Jewish community and discuss the significance of Israeli relations with Azerbaijan. Additionally, we’ll examine the implications of Israel’s new embassy in Turkmenistan, situated just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Iranian border, and explore how Muslim republics beyond the Iron Curtain have a different historic perspective toward Israel due to their experiences with political Islam.

Don’t miss this thought-provoking webinar, that promises to unravel the complexities of Russia’s role in the Middle East.

About the Speaker: Stephen Blank is an internationally recognized expert on Russian foreign and defense policies, and international relations across the former Soviet Union. He is also a leading expert on European and Asian security, including energy issues. Since 2020, he has been a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (

In 2020-21, he also was a Senior Expert for Russia at the U.S. Institute of Peace. From 2013 to 2020, he was a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council ( From 1989 to 2013, he was a professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.

Blank has been a professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute since 1989. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research at the War College.

He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.

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