Leonid Issaev

Leonid Issaev

Leonid Issaev is a lecturer at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Russia

Why Russia did not respond to the US strikes on Syria

Despite its hostile rhetoric, Russia has taken care to avoid confrontation on the ground in Syria.

Why Russia did not respond to the US strikes on Syria

Turkey

Can Russia, Iran and Turkey agree on a roadmap for Syria?

The three regional powers still don't seem to be capable of moving beyond fixing the current status quo in Syria.

Can Russia, Iran and Turkey agree on a roadmap for Syria?

Russia

Why is Russia helping Turkey in Afrin?

A number of foreign policy and domestic considerations are pushing Russia to cooperate with Turkey's Afrin operation.

Why is Russia helping Turkey in Afrin?

Syria's War

Is Russia afraid of losing Syria?

In the post-conflict period, the Syrian regime will not have much use for Russian military backing. It will need money.

Is Russia afraid of losing Syria?

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