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Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow to host debates on “Convulsions in the Middle East”

Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow to host debates on “Convulsions in the Middle East”

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16.04.11 - The Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow will host debates on the “Convulsions in the Middle East” on April 21.

The event is organized by the Arabic-language newspaper Anbaa Mosku (Moscow News), the English-language Moscow News newspaper and the Russian-language Moskovskiye Novosti (Moscow News) daily together with the university’s Center of Arab Studies.

“The recent tumultuous developments in the Arab world have facilitated a change in governments and foreign military involvement in some countries,” Moskovskiye Novosti commentator Yelena Suponina noted. “These revolutionary processes are primarily triggered by aggravated social discontent, and the main driving force behind them is educated young people. The event will provide an opportunity to hear them.”

The commentator said the debates will feature a remarkable lineup of analysts who have closely witnessed the recent developments in the Arab world, but who are divided on their root cause.

“We expect the discussion to help sort out issues and understand what actions the region requires from all of us,” Suponina said.

What are the causes of the widespread protests in the Middle East? What role does the outside world play in these protests? How will these protests influence the situation in other regions, including Russia? Will the affected countries be able to preserve their territorial integrity and independence? Analysts, journalists, political scientists and public activists will discuss these and other questions.

The participants include the Head of Research at the Center of Arab Studies, Professor Maytham al-Janabi, Anbaa Mosku Editor-in-Chief Raed Jaber, political scientist Vyacheslav Matuzov, and journalist Igor Yashin.

The debates will be moderated by Yelena Suponina, Ph. D., a Moskovskiye Novosti commentator.

The debates will open at 4:00 p.m. on April 21 in the Economics Faculty’s conference hall at: The Peoples’ Friendship University, Main University Building, 6 Miklukho-Maklaya Street, Moscow, Russia.
The nearest metro stations are Yugo-Zapadnaya and Belyayevo.
Participants should register in advance.
For additional information, please call Irina Aidrous, the director of the Center of Arab Studies, at: +7 903 788 3705; or write her by e-mail at:



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2011-04-18 09:41

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