THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 5:30PM TO 8:00PM
MORTARA BUILDING, CONFERENCE ROOM 3600 N ST., N.W., WASHINGTON
Spending a Year in Syria: Russia’s Continuing Adventure in the Middle East
with Dr. Paul du Quenoy
Why did Russia intervene in Syria’s civil war, and what does this intervention tell us about Russia’s role in the modern Middle East and the world at large? In this lecture Paul du Quenoy will discuss the expansion of Russia’s involvement in the region over the past year, beginning with its sudden use of armed force in Syria in September 2015 and ending with the recent cease-fire negotiations. The lecture will emphasize domestic determinants of Russian foreign policy, evaluate Vladimir Putin’s aspirations to world power status, and assess the successes and failures of Russian military policy and diplomacy in the Middle East today.
Thursday, September 29
Reception and light refreshments to follow.
3600 N St. NW
Paul du Quenoy is Associate Professor of History at the American University of Beirut, where much of his work focuses on Russia and the Middle East. He is the author of three books on other topics and has twice (2003-2004 and 2012) been a Fulbright scholar in Russia. He has held fellowships from the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the American Historical Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, and the Slavic- Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University in Japan. In addition to his academic career, Professor du Quenoy brokers venture capital and private equity deals in emerging markets, particularly the Persian Gulf region and Southeast Asia. He is also a classical music critic, covering the world’s theatrical capitals for various international publications, and a sought after lecturer in the travel and tourism industry. Professor du Quenoy received his Ph.D. (GSAS, ’05) with distinction from Georgetown’s History Department under the direction of the late Richard Stites. He maintains strong Washington ties, including serving since 2013 as chairman of the city’s historic Russian Ball.