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The Mediterranean and Arab world react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

June 21, 202212:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). 12:00 p.m. Prior registration required.
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In Spanish and English, without translation.

On Tuesday, June 21, this colloquium will be held at Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Madrid, to mark the publication of issue 65 of the journal afkar/ideas which covers this topic. Free attendance with registration here.

The event, organized by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and Estudios de Política Exterior, will discuss the topics analyzed in the journal and reveal the publication’s new design.

There to talk about it will be Josep Piqué, co-director of afkar/ideas and the CEO of Estudios de Política Exterior; Senén Florensa, co-director of afkar/ideas and managing director of IEMed; Carmen Magariños, director for Cooperation with Africa and Asia at the AECID and a member of the diplomatic corps since 2007; and Youssef Cherif; deputy director of the Columbia Global Centers in Tunisia and a political analyst specializing in North African affairs. A few words of welcome will be given by Irene Lozano, the General Director of Casa Árabe.

The impact of the war in Ukraine on both the Middle East and North Africa has been analyzed by Youssef Cherif in the latest issue of the journal afkar/ideas. This Tunisian analyst, director of the Global Columbia Centers in Tunisia, points out that the West’s double standards towards Ukraine, perennial anti-imperialist sentiment,

Russian and pro-Russian propaganda and Ukraine’s own position with close ties to Israel are a few of the reasons leading countries in the region to support Russia.

The implications of the war in Ukraine for Turkey are also discussed in afkar/ideas. Jana Jabbour claims that pragmatism in Turkish foreign policy is not only caused by a desire to restore its image in the international arena, but is above all driven by economic considerations. In much the same way, Can Selçuki and Mustafa Kutlay point out that the economic consequences of the war place additional pressure on the Turkish economy, which has close ties with Russia in the energy, tourism and construction sectors.

afkar/ideas is a journal funded by the Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency (AECID) 
The Mediterranean and Arab world react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
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