Lebanese leftist intellectual Karim Mroue, and Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council Andrey Kortunov, will both be guests of the conference on Russo-Arab relations that will be hosted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) in Doha on May 23 and 24, 2015. Mroue will give a lecture entitled, "A Critical Reading of Russo-Arab Relations and their Transformations in the Imperial, Soviet, and Contemporary Eras." Kortunov will present his paper entitled, "Does Russia have a Role in the Arab World?"     

Kortunov (left) and Mroue will address our conference on Russia's relations with the Arab world

 A left-wing thinker, Mroue was Deputy General Secretary of the Lebanese Communist Party from 1984 to 1992. He has made many contributions in the field of political thought and theory dealing with the major Arab causes, and has written more than 20 published books.

Currently the Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, Kortunov founded and headed the Moscow Public Science Foundation. He holds a PhD in history from the Soviet Academy of Sciences and has published more than 120 studies on US-Soviet relations, global security, and Soviet and Russian domestic and foreign policy.

Read the abstracts of the papers to be presented at the conference here.