March 8, 2017, Abu Dhabi – Wassim Khalil Kalaajieh, a Lebanese public figure, medical professor and award-winning author, presented his new book, Eurasian Russia: President Putin's Time, at the Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Policy Centre chaired by Dr. Ibtisam Al-Kitbi.
 
The event brought together many political and public figures, scholars, and media professionals driven by the book’s overwhelming popularity in Gulf countries.
 
It was also attended by Veniamin Popov, Coordinator of the Russia – Islamic World group, an international think-tank exploring ways of cooperation between Russia and Muslim states. He joined the author on stage to take multiple questions from the audience. 

Mr. Kalaajieh’s works were recognized with the Evgeny Primakov International Journalist Award. Published in the Arabic language in early 2016, the book was quickly sold out, prompting the publisher to issue a second, amended edition in late 2016.