AlexeyMalashenko Russia Chief Researcher, DOC Research Institute Prof. Malashenko graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Countries, Moscow State University. He has a PhD in History, and is one of the leading experts in Islam and in orientalist political scientist. Prof. Malashenko is the author and editor of about 20 books (in Russian, English, French, and Arabic) and more than 200 articles. The latest are: • The Fight for Influence: Russia in Central Asia. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Washington DC, 2013 • Policy in Russia and Russia in Policy. Moscow, 2013 • My Islam. (Monograph) Publishing house ROSSPEN, Moscow 2010 • L'islam en Russie. (Monograph). Les editions Keruss. Canada 2009. Pp. 1-280 • Ramzan Kadirov, a Russian Politician of ‘Caucasian Nationality’ (Monograph). Publishing House ROSSPEN. Moscow 2009 Before joining the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute Prof. Malashenko was Chair of the ‘Religion, Society, and Security’ program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, and before that, his positions included: Professor at the Higher School of Economics (HSE), National Research University; Professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations; and Head of the Islamic Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies RAN (Russian Academy of Sciences).