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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)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Courses (2017/2018)

Courses (2016/2017)

Courses (2015/2016)

Courses (2014/2015)

Courses (2013/2014)

Courses (2012/2013)


  • 2018
    Strategies for State building in Syria: a discussion on centralization/decentralization (Montreux). Presentation: What centralization/decentralization formula fits Syria?
  • Russian foreign policy in the Middle East: Peacemaking or Conflict Exacerbating? (Doha). Presentation: Yemen: Is there a role for Russia?
  • Ядерное соглашение с Ираном и его влияние на ближневосточные конфликты (Москва). Presentation: Влияние ядерного соглашения на ситуацию на Ближнем Востоке



  • 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).

Al Jazeera Centre for Studies

Leonid Issaev. What is After Russia's Military Withdrawal From Syria? // Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, February 5, 2018 

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Al Jazeera Network

Leonid Issaev & Andrey Zakharov. Iraqi Kurdistan: Playing the Independence Game // Al Jazeera, May 1, 2017

Leonid Issaev. Russia and the GCC Crisis // Al Jazeera, June 13, 2017

Leonid Issaev. Russia Is at a Dead-end in Syria // Al Jazeera, June 25, 2017

Leonid Issaev & Nikolay Kozhanov. The Russian-Saudi Rapprochement and Iran // Al Jazeera, August 24, 2017

Leonid Issaev. Decoding King Salman's Visit to Moscow // Al Jazeera, October 4, 2017

Leonid Issaev. Is Russia Afraid of Losing Syria? // Al Jazeera, November 29, 2017

Leonid Issaev. Why is Russia Helping Turkey in Afrin? // Al Jazeera, January 29, 2018

Al Sharq Forum

Leonid Issaev. Russia And Egypt: Opportunities In Bilateral Relations & The Limits Of Cooperation // Al Sharq Forum, January 26, 2017 

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Leonid Issaev & Serafim Yuriev. The Christian Dimension of Russia’s Middle East Policy // Al Sharq Forum, March 2, 2017 

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Leonid Issaev. Can Russia Reach a Consensus on Syria with Trump? // Al Sharq Forum, June 13, 2017 

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Leonid Issaev. Why did Putin visit Egypt? // Al Sharq Forum, January 3, 2018

Leonid Issaev. What was the Sochi Congress for? // Al Sharq Forum, February 14, 2018

Middle East Eye

Leonid Issaev & Yuri Barmin. Why the Gulf Crisis Caught Moscow Off Guard // Middle East Eye, July 11, 2017

Al Sharq Al Awsat

Leonid Issaev & Nikolay Kozhanov. Russia's Results in Syria... The Success in War Is Not Equal to Victory // Al Sharq Al Awsat, January 4, 2017

Leonid Issaev & Alisa Shishkina. Why Syrian Refugees Are Not Welcome in Russia // Al Sharq Al Awsat, February 3, 2017

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Леонид Исаев. Зачем в Сирии провели парламентские выборы? // Московский центр Карнеги, 18 апреля 2016

Леонид Исаев, Андрей Коротаев. Анатомия сирийской оппозиции. Кто они и чего требуют на переговорах // Московский центр Карнеги, 27 июня 2016

Леонид Исаев. Ливийская мозаика: как справиться со вторым ИГИЛ // Московский центр Карнеги, 17 августа 2016

Леонид Исаев. Что мешает договоренностям России и США по Сирии // Московский центр Карнеги, 27 сентября 2016

Леонид Исаев, Серафим Юрьев. В заложниках режима. Что думают в Сирии о России и перспективах конфликта // Московский центр Карнеги, 22 ноября 2016

Леонид Исаев, Андрей Коротаев. Забыть о Сирии. Почему Катар заинтересовался "Роснефтью" // Московский центр Карнеги, 20 декабря 2016

Леонид Исаев. Зачем Россия написала конституцию для Сирии // Московский центр Карнеги, 15 февраля 2017

Леонид Исаев, Николай Кожанов. После химии и ракет. Как меняются позиции России и США по Сирии // Московский центр Карнеги, 2 мая 2017

Леонид Исаев, Антон Мардасов. Штурм Мосула: возможен ли перелом в войне с ИГ // Московский центр Карнеги, 5 июня 2017

Intersection Project

Leonid Issaev. Is peace prevailing after Astana? // Intersection Project, January 27, 2017 

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Leonid Issaev & Andrey Zakharov. A Russian Constitution for Syria? // Intersection Project, March 16, 2017 

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Leonid Issaev. The Spoils of Peace Broking in Syria // Intersection Project, May 11, 2017 

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Leonid Issaev. Can there be peace in a post-ISIS Syria? // Intersection Project, November 15, 2017 

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Leonid Issaev & Kirill Semyonov. Russia is Serving Iranian Interests in Eastern Syria // Intersection Project, February 21, 2018 

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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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