Russia’s Islamic Diplomacy: Institutions, Informality, and Believers

29 April, 2019 @ 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Lindner Family Commons (6th Floor)
1957 E St NW Washington DC 20052
9:30-11:00am Panel 1. Russia and Islamic Institutions Abroad
Mark N. Katz (George Mason University)
Always Looming: The Russian Muslim Factor in Moscow’s Relations with Gulf Arab States
Clement Therme (International Institute for Strategic Studies)
Russia and the Islamic worlds: the case of Shia Islam
Denis Sokolov (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
Political Groups in Russia’s Islamic Clergy and their Activities at the Regional, National, and International Level
11:00-11:30am Coffee Break
11:30-1:00pm Panel 2. Russia’s Religious Para-Diplomacy
Guzel Yusupova (Durham University)
Tatarstan’s Paradiplomacy with the Islamic world
Jean-Francois Ratelle (Ottawa University)
A Kadyrovization of Russian Foreign Policy In the Middle East: Autocrats in Track-two Diplomacy and other Humanitarian Activities
Marlene Laruelle (The George Washington University)
Russia’s Soft Power toward the Muslim World
1:00-1:45pm Lunch
1:45-3:15 pm Panel 3. Identity, Economics and Politics of the Hajj from Russia
Mikhail A. Alexseev (San Diego State University)
Effect of the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca on Socio-Political Views of Muslims in Russia’s North Caucasus
Sufian N. Zhemukhov (The George Washington University)
Hajj in Russia: State Policy and Industry Management
Azat Akhunov (Kazan Federal University)
The Economics of Hajj: The Case of Tatarstan
The Initiative “Islam in Russia, Russia in the Islamic World” is generously funded
by the Henry Luce Foundation


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