Between Intelligence and Knowledge Transfer: Soviet-Arab Relations Reconsidered
Public Research Seminar
Zaur Gasimov (Orient-Institut Istanbul)
Thursday, 1 March 2018, 6-8 pm
The activation of the Soviet policy in the Middle East after the World War II intensified the political and particularly economic, military and cultural interaction between the Soviet Union and the Arab world. Thousands of Arab students were educated at the Soviet universities, and numerous Soviet specialists contributed to industrialization across the region. Along with Moscow, the local capitals of the Soviet republic such as Kiev, Baku and Tbilisi became prominent places as centers of Soviet Arabic Studies and Soviet-Arab exchanges. The paper seeks to present the multidimensionality of the Soviet-Arab contacts by shedding light on non-Russian Soviet-Iraqi and -Egyptian relations since the 1950s.
Dr. Zaur Gasimov studied international relations, international law and history at the universities in Baku, Berlin and Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Between 2002 and 2003, he worked for the German Embassy Baku (Azerbaijan). In 2009, Gasimov earned his PhD in Russian history and joined the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz (Germany). Since 2013, he is a research fellow at the Orient Institute Istanbul (Turkey).