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Leonid Issaev

  • Leonid Issaev has been at HSE University since 2009.

Education and Degrees

  • 2014

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

  • 2012

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

  • 2010

    Master's in Political Science
    Cairo University, Economics and Political Science

  • 2008

    HSE University

* 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.

Awards and Accomplishments

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


Coordination of research and expert analysis of the laboratory.

Preparation of scientific and analytical materials on research profile.

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2017/2018)

Courses (2016/2017)

Introduction to Political Science (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Economic Sciences; 1 year, 3, 4 module)Rus

Courses (2015/2016)

Islam and Constitutional Law of Muslim Countries (Master’s programme; Faculty of Law; 2 year, 2 module)Rus


  • 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)

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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Leonid Issaev. The Kurdish Issue in the History and Policy of Russia // Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, August 28, 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

Leonid Issaev. Can Russia, Iran and Turkey agree on a roadmap for Syria? // Al Jazeera, April 5, 2018

Leonid Issaev. Why Russia did not respond to the US strikes on Syria // Al Jazeera, April 15, 2018

Leonid Issaev. Is Turkey really looking for alternatives to the West? // Al Jazeera, August 17, 2018

Leonid Issaev. Will Russia force Iran out of Syria? // Al Jazeera, August 29, 2018

Leonid Issaev. What does Russia want in northwest Syria? // Al Jazeera, September 19, 2018

Leonid Issaev & Andrey Zakharov. Decentralisation in Syria: a Lesser Evil // Al Jazeera, October 13, 2018

Leonid Issaev & Nikolay Kozhanov. Russian Influence in the Gulf Has its Limits // Al Jazeera, April 5, 2019

Leonid Issaev & Nikolay Kozhanov. Will Russia back US' maximum pressure on Iran? // Al Jazeera, June 13, 2019

Foreign Policy

Ibrahim Fraihat & Leonid Issaev. Russia Doesn’t Solve Conflicts, It Silences Them // Foreign Policy, June 12, 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

Leonid Issaev. Yemen: Unfinished Revolution // Al Sharq Forum, October 1, 2018

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Leonid Issaev. Challenge Dialogue: What Links Russia and Saudi Arabia // Al Sharq Forum, October 25, 2018 

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Leonid Issaev & Andrey Zakharov. Idlib, Syrian Decentralization and U.S. Withdrawal // Al Sharq Forum, March 12, 2019 

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Leonid Issaev & Andrey Zakharov. “Frozen” Federalism: Territorial Remake and Civil War in Yemen // Al Sharq Forum, November 5, 2020

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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, 2018

Leonid Issaev & Alisa Shishkina. Why Syrian Refugees Are Not Welcome in Russia // Al Sharq Al Awsat, February 3, 2018

Leonid Issaev & Kirill Semyonov. The Secret of the Failure of the "De-escalation Zones" in Syria // Al Sharq Al Awsat, May 9, 2018

Leonid Issaev & Nikolay Kozhanov. Why Israel Should Not Be Accused in Russian Aircraft Crash // Al Sharq Al Awsat, October 16, 2018

Leonid Issaev. Idlib, and Decentralization of Syria // l Sharq Al Awsat, December 28, 2018

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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Leonid Issaev & Kirill Semyonov. Why Russia Holds Back on Supplying S-300 Systems to Syria // Riddle, May 04, 2018

Leonid Issaev. The Middle East after the US’s Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal // Riddle, November 21, 2018

Leonid Issaev. Why Might Russia Need Libya? // Riddle, January 28, 2019

Leonid Issaev & Andrey Zakharov. An Algerian Lesson for the Kremlin // Riddle, March 21, 2019

Leonid Issaev. Operation Peace Spring: An Inevitable Consequence of American Withdrawal // Riddle, October 29, 2019

Leonid Issaev & Anton Mardasov. The Fragmentation of Russia’s Middle East Policies // Riddle, March 02, 2020

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed

Leonid Issaev & Andrey Zakharov. Bouteflika and Putin... Algerian Lessons for Russia // Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, March 30, 2019

Geneva Center for Security Policy

Leonid Issaev & Hamidreza Azizi. Russian and Iranian Economic Interests In Syria // GCSP, February 2019

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Leonid Issaev & Andrey Zakharov. The Impact of COVID-19 on Russia’s Middle East and Syria Policies // GCSP, June 2020

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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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