KURBANOV M.A. Russia and the U.S. in the Middle East: a New Reality

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2015.2.10

Kurbanov Murad Adilgeraevich

Acting Junior Researcher, Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography,

Dagestan Scientific Center, RAS

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Abstract. In the system of modern international relations the Muslim world plays an increasingly prominent role due to several factors of economic, political, social and religious nature. The Middle East is a region that has always aroused the keen interest and attention of the great powers – in this large, populous and resource-rich territory there are many “pain points” related to global problems of mankind. The Middle East accounts for about 2/3 of reliable oil supplies. Oil-producing Arab monarchies have always been an arena of intense competition, not only between oil interests, but also between different States in their struggle for political influence, economic benefits, and strategic base. Russia has always had different from the rest of Europe view on this region, but one thing was certain – the USSR and the new Russia were distinguished with great interest and concern for the situation in the Middle East. The article is devoted to the analysis of the Middle East policy of Russia and the USA; it analyzes the position and role of Russia and the U.S. in the context of recent events in the Arab world; it examines the efforts of the two countries aimed at normalizing interelations. The author evaluates the problems and prospects for further cooperation between Russia and countries of the Arab East in the economic and political spheres.

Key words: Russia, USA, Persian Gulf, oil, politics, economy.

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