Academic Director of the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, RAS Full Member.
Graduated from the Institute of Oriental Languages of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU).
RAS Corresponding Member. Doctor of Sciences (History), professor.
Researcher at the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies for many years. In 2009, was appointed its director.
Professor of MSU, chair of the Faculty of Global Politics.
Actively involved in the peace settlement process in Tajikistan and around Nagorny Karabakh.
Since 2005, Russian representative in the High Level Group established to bridge the gap in understanding between Western and Eastern civilizations.
President of the Moscow International Centre for Strategic and Political Studies, member of the Scientific Council of the RF Security Council.
Member of the British Society for Middle Eastern studies.
Editor-in-chief of the Vostok-ORIENS journal.
Author of many monographs and academic articles.
Academic focus: evolution of contemporary Islamic movements, ethnography of South Arabia, conflicts in the CIS countries.