Itai Sened of Tel Aviv University explains the differences in Russian and U.S. Middle East policies and offers his perspective on how Israel views Russian involvement in the region.

Video by Vladimir Stakheev

As one of the most volatile regions in the world, the Middle East has truly become the primary source of global chaos and destabilization over the last decade. Many of the world’s current challenges and threats now emanate from the Middle East: the refugee problem, the spread of extremism and terrorism, and the start of new civil wars in the region.

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With that in mind, Russia Direct recently talked to Itai Sened, the head of the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University, who unpacked for us the complexity of the Middle East’s realities and the policies of the major powers there, including those of the U.S. and Russia.