A series of Russian-mediated deals between Syria and Israel have recently caught the attention of analysts.
In December, Israeli and Syrian security chiefs reportedly met at Russia’s Syrian Khmeimim airbase, while Russian forces this month excavated a Palestinian cemetery in Damascus with the aim of recovering and repatriating the remains of several Israelis.
What is the role of Russia in these proceedings?
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Syria has been excluded from the Arab League for nearly a decade, but that may be about to change. Last week, the United Arab Emirates called for the war-torn country to be restored to the organisation it helped found in 1945, echoing similar calls by Iraq in January.
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Dr Andreas Papamichail is a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. Both his teaching and research interests lie at the interface of International Relations and Global Health. He is a fellow of Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy) and, while at King’s, won a university-wide award for inclusive education.
As part of Mile End Institute’s video series on COVID-19, Dr Andreas Papamichail (Queen Mary University of London) speaks to Dr Abdulkarim Ekzayez (King’s College London), Dr Weeam Hammoudeh (Birzeit University) and Dr Nassim El Achi (American University of Beirut) about the current situation with respect to the coronavirus pandemic in Syria, Palestine and Lebanon, and how the political situation in the three countries is affecting the response to the outbreak.