Sergey Naryshkin, the chief of Russia’s foreign intelligence service (SVR), has recently emphasized the growing significance of the Arab world in the global geopolitical landscape. In an article for the SVR's magazine, Razvedchik (Intelligence Officer), Naryshkin discusses how the Arab nations are becoming central to the struggle for a new world order, challenging the long-standing dominance of Western globalist elites.
Naryshkin's analysis highlights the collapse of what he describes as the "globalist elites’ ambitions" following the disintegration of the Soviet Union. He points out the various events in the Middle East that have undermined Western influence: the invasion of Iraq, the destabilizing "Arab Spring," the prolonged conflict in Syria, the rise and fall of the Islamic State terrorist organization, and attempts to polarize Sunni and Shiite factions in the region.
These, according to Naryshkin, are examples of the flawed strategic thinking in Washington and other Western capitals.
A New Dawn in the Middle East
The primary cause of the West's failing policies in the Middle East, Naryshkin argues, is the genuine awakening of the region's people, in stark contrast to the US-engineered Arab Spring a decade ago.
This awakening has led to the emergence of strong, sovereign leaders and a surge in anti-US and broader anti-Western sentiments across the Arab world. Naryshkin further notes the development of a multipolar world, pointing out recent geopolitical shifts that seemed unlikely in the past.
These include the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, their involvement, along with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, in the BRICS group, and Syria's reintegration into the Arab community. These changes, he asserts, are now tangible realities.
"The multipolar world is already a reality that the globalists will be unable to 'cancel,'" says Naryshkin. "What seemed nearly impossible yesterday: the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, their entry, along with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, into the BRICS group, and Syria's return to the 'Arab family,' are now facts of life." "Russia welcomes in every possible way and will continue to contribute to the success of these processes to the best of its ability," the SVR’s director states.
"But the main thing is that all this testifies to the general mood in the Arab world in favor of mutually acceptable settlements of conflicts, joint search for ways to address security issues, and predictable constructive relations relying on common economic and humanitarian interests."