Georgy Engelgardt, a leading Russian expert on political Islam

Georgy Engelgardt
Expert on Political Islam

1972 - Born in Moscow
1994 - Graduates, Moscow State University
1994 - Receives diploma, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
1997 - Researcher, Institute of Sociopolitical Research, Russian Academy of Sciences
2004 - Head of Programme, Institute of Religion and Policy, Moscow
2005 - Research Fellow, Institute of Slavists, Russian Academy of Sciences
Georgy Engelgardt is a Moscow-based researcher of political Islam and Islamic radicalism in Russia, and the Russian Muslim community. After graduating in History at Moscow State University, he studied for a diploma at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Later, he studied the Bosnian Civil War and modern Balkans crises. Since 1999, Georgy Engelgardt has researched the Russian Islamic community, focusing on the spread and development of radical trends, the shift of balance between major Islamic centres and the role of Russian Muslims in national politics. He is a member of the Expert Council at the Moscow City Council Commission on Interethnic and Interconfessional relations.

Four years ago, U.S. troops invaded Iraq. Saddam Hussein`s regime was toppled. No nuclear weapons were found. Instead of prosperity and democracy, the country has plunged into civil war, religious conflict and economic decline. The recent peace conference held in Baghdad, failed to find a solution to the civil crisis in Iraq. There are no signs of further improvement. Is dialogue between the Sunnis and Shiites possible? What is at the root of the conflict within the Iraqi Muslim community today? Georgy Engelgardt, a leading Russian expert on political Islam, is on Spotlight to tell us more.