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Mohammad Ali Basiri holds a PhD in Political Science in International Relations from the University of Toulouse 1 (1996). He is currently Associate Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Isfahan, Iran. He has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Persian Language and Civilization at the Sheikh Anthadiop University of Dakar, Senegal (2004–07); Cultural Counselor at the Iranian Embassy in Senegal (2004–07); head of the scientific group "Diplomacy and Foreign Policy of the Iranian Association for International Relations" (Tehran, 2009); and Scientific Member of the African Studies Council, Office of International Policy Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran (2010). His main research interests are political science, international relations, regional studies, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and the Middle East and Northern Africa. He has published about ten books, including Sustainable Security, The Middle East Conflict in the Age of Globalization, and Nuclear Deterrence in Asia (India and Pakistan). His latest book, Sustained Security was published by Gilan University Press, Iran. He has published more than 100 papers in scholarly journals in Persian, English, and French. He also acts as a political commentator on television and radio and for news agencies.

Mikhail Bashkirov, PhD in History, is a researcher at the Institute for Humanities Research and Indigenous Studies of the North (Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch). His scientific interests include métis communities in Siberia and Canada, métissage, problems of colonialism and postcolonialism, ethnic interaction, shamanism, and historical collective memory. Bashkirov is a member of the Russian Association of Canadian Studies and the Russian Association of Anthropologists-Americanologists.

Wooik Choi is Professor at the Institute of Russian Studies at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in the Republic of Korea. He is a member of the editorial team of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) in Russia. Over the last 20 years he has published on various aspects of regional social problems in Russia. Recent publications include "Shopping and Entertainment Center as Space Making Quality of Life in Russia," Sociological Studies, no. 4 (2017); "Socio-Economic Changes and Characteristics of Arctic People in Russia," Russian Studies 28, no. 1 (2018); "Recognition about Socio-economic Changes of Russian Arctic Residents: A Survey of the Residents of the Republic of Sakha," Journal of North-east Asian Cultures 58 (2019); The Artic Star of 'Nenets': The Land of Tundra, Reindeer and Oil (2012); Introduction to Russian Northwestern Federal District (2012); and Heartland of Russia: Introduction to Russian Central Federal District (2015).

Bruno J. De Cordier is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of Ghent University. He teaches, among other subjects, Central Asian history. His main research interests on the region are social and identity history, the social impact of current and past globalizations, and the societal role and position of religion and religious actors. He lived in the region for several years.

Fahimeh Khansari Fard holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Isfahan and a master's degree in Central Asian and Caucasus Studies from Tehran University, Iran. Her main research interests are international relations, regional studies, ethnic and national identity, and ethnic conflicts, especially those in the South Caucasus. Her master's thesis and doctoral dissertation were on ethnic challenges in the process of state and nation building in the South Caucasus, in particular the Republic of Georgia. She has published many articles on post-Soviet issues in Eurasia, the South Caucasus, and Georgia in scholarly journals. Her latest paper, "Explaining the Relationship between Ethnic Autonomy and Separatism in International Relations (Case Study: Georgia)," has been published in the Iranian journal Central Eurasia Studies (Autumn–Winter 2018).

Rossitza Guentcheva is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia. Her interests are in the fields of social and cultural history of socialism, the anthropology of consumption, and migration and mobility.

Anna N. Ikonnikova is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Modern Languages and Regional Studies, Northeastern Federal University (NEFU). She participated in the...


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