Maxim Mikhalev, PhD in Anthropology, is the author of several books on the anthropology of Inner Asia in general and on Russia-China border policy development in particular. He is currently affiliated with the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Prior to returning to Moscow and joining RAS in 2015, he collaborated with the Institute of Global Ethnology and Anthropology in Beijing, and for almost ten years served as the General Manager of 1C Asia-Pacific, a Beijing-based subsidiary of 1C, the largest software company in Russia and Central Europe. This unique combination of managerial and academic experience, and fluency in both English and Mandarin, has allowed Maxim Mikhalev to develop a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of the relationships between Russia, China, and their neighbours in both Central and East Asia. His accomplishments were recognised in 2014, when he became the winner of Scientific Marathon at the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" in Rhodes, Greece.