Russia Direct’s experts on the Middle East discussed the outcomes and prospects of the Syrian peace talks in Moscow.

Video by Russia Direct team

Russia Direct held the webcast on the outcomes of the Jan. 26-29 Syrian peace talks in Moscow. Participants also discussed the prospects of the second round of the Moscow-format talks that are going to happen in the beginning of March, 2015, and the overall complex situation around the Syrian conflict.

Participants unanimously agreed that this conference was a positive move towards the long path to the settlement. However, some of them also expressed skepticism about the future of this format and its ability to deliver any feasible results in the end.

Moderated by Alexey Khlebnikov, the Senior Editor of Russia Direct, the webcast featured the following experts:

- Daniel Levy, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at European Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and a senior fellow at the Century Foundation. He has written for many publications and is a regular commentator on TV and radio, including for the BBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera.

- Alexander Shumilin, Director of the Center for the Analysis of Middle East Conflicts at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He also worked in the Middle East as a diplomat and a journalist.

- Nir Boms, Research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Boms is a member of the board of the Institute for Monitoring peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the Co-Founder of His research concentrates on the Syrian opposition, dissidents in the Middle East, technology and democratic discourse.

- Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Prior to that he had a two-decade career in journalism in London and the Near East, reporting from Syria, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq for Reuters.