Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). He holds the positions of: Editor-in-Chief, Vostok (ORIENS) journal (since 1998); Member, Science Council, Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Security Council; President, non-profit NGO Center for Strategic and Political Studies (since 1991); a Goodwill Ambassador for the Alliance of Civilizations by the UN Secretary General (since 2007). Professor Naumkin has lectured at many universities in the United States, Europe, the Arab world and Asia. In 2003 he was visiting professor at the Political Science Department of the University of California, Berkeley.
The election of Ashraf Ghani as the next Afghan president will be welcomed by the U.S. He may also be able to cooperate effectively with Moscow. Yet his professionalism won't decrease the high level of uncertainty in the countryRead more
Vitaly Naumkin of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) shares his thoughts about the dangerously unstable situation in IraqRead more
In a best-case scenario, the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran could lead to nuclear disarmament and relative stability in the Middle East. Yet, critics continue to worry the deal might result in a deeper mistrust between Iran and the WestRead more