To Russia with love: the travels of Joseph Mifsud

This is one in a series of articles about the Trump-Russia affair and the characters involved.

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Misfud (centre) outside Moscow State University in 2014
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Mifsud at Campus Mare Nostrum, Murcia, in 2012

Cultivating Russian links at Emuni

Shortly after becoming head of Emuni, Mifsud began developing its relations with Russia — though Russia was not itself a member of the Union for the Mediterranean. In June 2009 he travelled to Moscow and signed a letter of intent with the Peoples’ Friendly University of Russia regarding joint research and study programmes. He also gave a lecture in St Petersburg at the state university’s School of International Relations.

‘Globalistics’ in Moscow

In 2013, he attended a “Globalistics conference” at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and during his visit invited MSU to “join a project to reform Link Campus University in Rome to give it the nature of a genuinely international educational institution”.

Talks with the ambassador

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Ambassador Yakovenko (left) with Mifsud on 29 May 2014
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Embassy official Chernukhin (left) with Mifsud at the London Academy of Diplomacy, 10 July 2014

The Valdai Club

Immediately after his visit to MSU Mifsud attended a gathering of the Valdai Discussion Club — apparently for the first time.

The ‘MFA connection’

As far as the Trump/Russia affair is concerned, Mifsud’s most intriguing visit to Russia came in April 2016.

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The Valdai panel discussion, 19 April 2016

Former Middle East editor of the Guardian. Website: www.al-bab.com. Author of 'Arabs Without God'.

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