Dr. Akhmet Yarlykapov was born on March 19, 1970 in Dagestan. In 1995 he graduated from the history department of Rostov State University. He studied in the graduate school of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where in 1999 he defended his thesis on the topic: “Islam among Steppe Nogai in the 20th Century (Historical and Ethnographic Research)”. Until 2014, he worked at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Yarlykapov was executive director of the Association of Ethnographers and Anthropologists of Russia. Since 2014, he has been working as a senior researcher at the Center for Problems of the Caucasus and Regional Security of the MGIMO of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Since 1996, she has been conducting field research in the regions of the North Caucasus almost every year.
In 2008, Dr. Yarlykapov completed an internship at the University of Edinburgh, and in March-August 2009, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Researchers (Washington, DC, USA). In 2011 and 2013 at the invitation of the Kazakh side, he lectured at the Eurasian National University. L.N. Gumilyov in Astana (now – Nur-Sultan). Dr. Yarlykapov is the author of over 100 scientific works (monographs, chapters in collective monographs, articles) published in Russian, English, Turkish, and Chinese.