LONDON - The Maghreb Review journal and Maghreb Studies Association international Conference will be held at Mansfiled College Oxford from 9-10 September.

The Conference theme this year is "Russia and the Mediterranean: Diplomacy, strategies and international responses".

The conference will focus on Russia’s current and historical role in the Mediterranean region and its impact on international relations.

The conference should attract scholars with an interest in subjects as diverse as: Russia’s emerging Mediterranean ambitions during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; the Crimean war in the 1850s; Russian diplomacy and Greek independence; Russian aspirations with regard to Constantinople/Istanbul and the Turkish Straits; Soviet involvement in the Spanish Civil War; Soviet post-1945 diplomacy regarding Italy, Libya and the international governance of Tangier; Soviet policy towards Egypt and Israel/Palestine; and Russia’s recent involvement with Turkey and in Syria and Iran.

Some 18 presentations each lasting 30 minutes are scheduled during the proceedings.

Participant speakers will be coming from The United Kingdom, The USA, France and the Middle East.