The Fourth Annual International Conference

organized by

the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies,

Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures

Polish Academy of Sciences

“Conflicts of Powers in the Middle East: States and Non-States”

November 10, 2017 (Friday)

Pałac Staszica, Warsaw

(Sala Okrągłego Stołu / Round Table Hall)



Registration of Participants


Opening of the Conference

 Welcome Speech:

 Teodozja Izabela Rzeuska, Ph.D.,

Director of Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of  Sciences, Warsaw


First Session

 Chair: Behrooz Moazami, Prof.,

Director of Middle East Peace Studies, Loyola University, New Orleans


Elaheh Koolaee, Prof.,

Regional Studies, University of Tehran

“Motivations and Prospects of Russia’s Military Operations in Syria”


Kota Suechika, Prof.,

College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

Sectarianisation of the Syrian Conflict: Hizballah’s Military Intervention and Redefinition of ‘Resistance’”


Łukasz Fyderek, Ph.D.,

Institute of Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University , Krakow

“Interdependence and Conflict: The Case of Turkish Involvement in Syria”

  12.00- 12.20

Radwan Ziadeh, Ph.D.,

Senior Analyst, Middle East Arab Center, Washington D.C.

“The failed Arab Transition: What went wrong?”






Second Session

 Chair: Elaheh Koolaee, Prof.,

Regional Studies, University of Tehran


Patrycia Sasnal, Ph.D.,

Head of the Middle East and North Africa Project, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Warsaw

“Shift in U.S. policy in fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq: between Obama and Trump”


Eric Frenkil,

Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

“Civil War and the Digital Turn: Financing Smaller Militias in Syria”


Maciej Milczanowski, Ph.D.,

Center for Conflict Resolution, University of Rzeszow

Paradox of the chaos theory: gen James Mattis operation in Anbar(spring 2004) as an example of successful strategy for Iraq”


Michal Moch, Ph.D.,

Department of Arabic Language and Culture,  Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz

“Groups of Football Fans and Politics: The Case of Egypt’s Ultras “


Rahmat Ullah, Ph.D. Candidate,

Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon

The Role of the UN Security Council Members in Syrian Civil War: Analysis of Effectiveness of the United Nations”



15.20- 15.45

Coffee break


Third Session

 Chair: Anna Mrozek-Dumanowska, Prof.,

Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw


Cihat Yilmaz, Ph.D. Candidate,

Political Science Faculty, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas

“Islamic Revivalism in the Middle East: Transformation of Social Movements  of the Arab Spring into the Rise of Islamic Movements”


Asbjørn Bang, M.A.,

International Relations, King’s College London

“Securing the Axis: Iranian Objectives and Strategy in the Syrian Civil War”


Karolina Zielińska, Ph.D. Candidate,

Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw

“Israel Towards the War in Syria”


Behrooz Moazami, Prof., Director of Middle East Peace Studies and Robert Gerlich S.J., Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Loyola University.

“Violence and Political Reconfiguration of the Middle East:  How can we break

 the Cycle of Violence?”