Putin powers ahead in the Middle East

Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Samuel Ramani, a geopolitical analyst and non-resident fellow at Gulf International Forum. Their conversation explores the extraordinary gains Russia has made in positioning itself as a player of consequence in the Middle East. Showing a deft hand and adroit manouevring Vladimir Putin, in a few short years, has realised the dream of Catherine the Great to establish Russia in the Middle East and North Africa as a Mediterranean power to be reckoned with.


As violence escalates Arab Digest editor William Law is in conversation with HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. Prince Hassan calls for an end to confiscations and expropriations in East Jerusalem: “Jerusalem is a shared gift, not the exclusive property of one government or one people.” And he warns that creeping annexation in the West Bank will end the possibility of the two state solution with disastrous consequences for all.

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