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Russia, Lay your Missiles Down: The War’s Impact on MENA

Prescott Reed, Russia, Russia (Lay That Missile Down) [1958]

In an interconnected world, Russia’s war in Ukraine has had broad impact, including consequences for the Middle East and North Africa. Russia’s ambition to fill the void left by the decreased US presence in the Middle East has been put to one side as it struggles in the war. Meanwhile, many MENA countries depend on Ukrainian agriculture for their food supplies. Production this year is, at best, uncertain. The redirection of humanitarian aid to Ukraine has also increased fragility in the impoverished parts of these regions.


Ali Alavi

School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics – SOAS, University of London

HRH Prince Turki AlFaisal AlSaud

Founder and Trustee of the King Faisal Foundation and Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

Mehdi Beyad

Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London

Frank Gardner

Security Correspondent, BBC

Isabelle Lasserre

Deputy Editor at the International Desk, Le Figaro


Justin Vogt

Executive Editor at Foreign Affairs Magazine

  • How will the war in Ukraine impact the balance of power in the MENA region?
  • How will countries here respond?
  • What are their prospects?
  • Will an isolated Russia prevent progress with the JCPOA?
  • How will China’s growing ambitions influence the region?

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