Leonid Issaev

Leonid Issaev

Leonid Issaev is a Lecturer at the Higher School of Economics.

Saudi Arabia

Decoding King Salman's visit to Moscow

Personal ambitions of the Saudi crown prince and financial interests of Russia are going to shape this 'historic' visit.

Decoding King Salman's visit to Moscow

Middle East

The Russian-Saudi rapprochement and Iran

Would Russia draw closer to Saudi Arabia and risk losing Iran?

The Russian-Saudi rapprochement and Iran

Russia

Russia is at a dead-end in Syria

Russia is struggling and failing to find a way out of the Syrian quagmire.

Russia is at a dead-end in Syria

GCC

Russia and the GCC crisis

Russia's energy interests determine its position on the GCC crisis.

Russia and the GCC crisis

Kurds

Iraqi Kurdistan: Playing the independence game

Why does Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani seem so eager to severe ties with Baghdad?

Iraqi Kurdistan: Playing the independence game