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Leonid Issaev

  • Leonid Issaev has been at HSE since 2009.

Education and Degrees

  • 2014

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Political Problems of International Relations, Global and Regional Development
    Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Africa
    Thesis Title: Political Crisis in Arab Countries: Experience of the Evaluation and Typology

  • 2012
  • 2012

    Master in Political Science
    Russian State University for the Humanities, History, Political Science and Law

  • 2010

    Master in Political Science
    Cairo University, Economics and Political Science

  • 2008

    Bachelor in Political Science
    Higher School of Economics, Applied Political Science

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "New Lecturers" (2014-2015)
Category "Future Lecturers" (2013)

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Employment history

Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Civilization and Regional Studies of the Institute for African Studies of The Russian Academy of Sciences (2013 - present)

Counselor of the Vice-Head of the Committee for Financial Markets of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (2014 - present)


  • League of Arab States, General Secretariat (Cairo, Egypt - 2007)
  • European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice, Italy - 2011)
  • Saint-Petersburg Humanitarian and Politological Center "Strategiya" (Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - 2012)
  • Moscow School of Political Science (Golitsyno, Russian Federation - 2013)

Member of Professional Associations

  • Russian Political Science Association: 

- member of Research committee for human rights (2010 - present)
- member of Scientific council (2014 - present)

  • Russian society of sociologists:

- scientific secretary of Research committee "Social transformations and Sociology of development" (2012 - present)

  • African econometric society (2013 - present)

Member of the Official Delegations

  • November, 2006. Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Member of the Official Delegation from the UNA-Russia to hte 38th Plenary Assembly of WFUNA
  • September, 2007. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Member of the Official Delegation from Russian Federation to the International Youth Forum
  • November, 2011. Damascus, Syria.  Member of the Official Delegation from Russian Federation to the Syrian Arab Republic (Meeting with President Bashar Al Asad).
  • February, 2013. Beirut, Lebanon. Member of the Official Delegation from Russian Federation to the Hizballah Congress (Meeting with Hizballah Vice Secretary General for International Reletions).
  • July, 2013. Beirut, Lebanon.  Member of the Official Delegation from Russian Federation to the Republic of Lebanon (Meeting with President Michel Sleiman).
  • November, 2013. Cairo, Egypt.  Member of the Official Delegation from Russian Federation to the Arab Republic of Egypt in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between Russia and Egypt.
  • December, 2013. Cairo, Egypt.  Member of the Official Delegation from Russian Federation to the Official Closing Ceremony in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between Russia and Egypt (Meeting with Vice Prime Minister of Arab Republic of Egypt). 
  • February, 2014. Sanaa, Yemen.  Member of the Official Delegation from Russian Federation to the  Republic of Yemen (Meeting with President Ali Abdullah Saleh).
  • August, 2015. Kabul, Afghanistan. Member of the Official Delegation from Russian Academy of Science to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Meeting with President Hamid Karzai).
  • September, 2015. Damascus, Syria. Member of the Official Delegation from Russian Federation to the Syrian Arab Republic (Meeting with Speaker of Parliament Jihad El Laham).

Timetable for today

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La Russie est prête à coopérer avec l’opposition syrienne

Malgré les nombreuses tentatives entreprises par les intermédiaires internationaux, dont la Russie, pour trouver un règlement politique au conflit syrien, les combats se poursuivent entre le gouvernement, l’opposition, les groupes terroristes et les troupes étrangères. Dans un entretien avec RBTH, l’orientaliste Leonid Issaïev présente son avis sur les négociations à Genève, les relations entre la Russie, l’Iran et la Turquie ainsi que le sort de l’État islamique.

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