Join Russia Direct for a Google Hangouts discussion on Friday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m. EST as we discuss the major outcomes of the Syrian peace talks and the role of Moscow in Syrian crisis.

A young man during the flower-laying ceremony in memory of Kesab events victims at the Embassy of Syria in Mansurovsky pereulok in Moscow. Photo: RIA Novosti

On Jan. 30, join a special Russia Direct webcast on the outcomes of the Jan. 26–29 Syria peace talks in Moscow. Participants will also discuss the changes that happened over the past year in Syria. Do not miss a chance to listen to a discussion of some of the world’s leading experts on the Middle East and Syria.

Video by Pavel Inzhelevsky

Moderated by Alexey Khlebnikov, the Senior Editor of Russia Direct, the webcast will include the following participants:

- Daniel Levy, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at European Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and a senior fellow at the Century Foundation. He has written for many publications and is a regular commentator on TV and radio, including for the BBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera.

- Dr. Alexander Shumilin, Director of the Center for the Analysis of Middle East Conflicts at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He also worked in the Middle East as a diplomat and a journalist.

- Nir Boms, Research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Boms is a member of the board of the Institute for Monitoring peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the Co-Founder of His research concentrates on the Syrian opposition, dissidents in the Middle East, technology and democratic discourse.

- Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Prior to that he had a two-decade career in journalism in London and the Near East, reporting from Syria, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq for Reuters.

What questions will we answer?

•    What are the results of the peace negotiations in Moscow?
•    Is there a shift in mediation leadership from Geneva to Moscow?
•    Can Russia play a constructive role in mediating international crises?
•    What are the prospects of settling down the Syrian issue and Islamic State influence there?

You can tune in by going to the Russia Direct Google+ Channel on Friday, Jan. 30, at 5:00 p.m. Moscow time (9:00 a.m. EST).

Have questions regarding the conflict in Syria, or the role of Russia and the West in it?

Submit them to before the discussion for a chance to have your question answered! Also, you can ask your questions via Twitter using the hashtag #RDwebcast.