Russian Interests in the MENA Region
Local articulation of general interests
Russia’s return as playmaker in the MENA region is a matter of consensus, albeit a lively debate exists on the Moscow’s main interests in the region and its strategy to pursue them. With this article we attempt to give a small contribution to such debate.
The first focus are Russia’s interests in the region, according to Moscow’s own definition of its role and objectives in the international arena in the 2013 and 2016 Foreign Policy Concepts (FPCs), which offer “an important insight into how Russia views an international environment that has changed considerably since 2008”.
The articulation of Russia’s key interests is followed by - accepting the conventional definition of strategy as the “art of employing all […] resources [....] to achieve the objects of war” and extending its meaning to the political domain - is a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis of the toolkit available to Russia.