Vasily Kuznetsov

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki during their meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 25, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky)

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Maliki’s visit to Moscow reflects many facets

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 | Vasily Kuznetsov, Contributor

Iraq’s vice president may have had upcoming elections and Iranian influence in mind when he visited Moscow recently.

How Moscow-Riyadh rapport fits into the Mideast scene

Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017 | Vasily Kuznetsov, Contributor

With all that’s going on in the Gulf right now, some players are re-examining their alliances and shoring up support.

Russia keeping a close eye on Algeria

Friday, May. 19, 2017 | Vasily Kuznetsov, Contributor

Algeria’s new legislature, facing tough economic times domestically, needs to make gains in foreign policy to regain citizens’ trust — something Russia might be able to facilitate.

Can Russia, West cooperate on Libya?

Thursday, May. 11, 2017 | Vasily Kuznetsov, Contributor

Moscow sees an opportunity to engage with Europe to help solve Libya’s crisis, and the US president seems ready and willing to stay out of it.

What is Russia’s thinking on Libya?

Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017 | Vasily Kuznetsov, Contributor

In its effort to pursue national security interests in the Middle East, Russia is increasingly involved in the conflict in Libya.

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Vasily Kuznetsov, Ph.D. is the head of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also Associate Professor at the Faculty of World Politics of the Moscow State University. Contact him via email:

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