Alisa Shishkina, PhD in Political Science, Senior Researcher at the Higher School of Economics, ORF Fellow, Researcher at the Institute of African Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences). She is an author and co-author of a number of articles and books on socio-political destabilization in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and is involved in research and educational projects of Russian and international associations, and also conducted several field studies in the regions of Russia.