Dr. Marat Iliyasov

Research areas
International Relations
Comparative Politics and Political Sociology
Additional info


Dr. Marat Iliyasov holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations from IIRPS VU, as well as a master’s degree in Caucasus Studies from Ilia State University (Georgia). In 2017 he obtained a PhD in International Relations from St Andrews University (Scotland). Since 2021 he conducts a postdoctoral fellowship at IIRPS VU with a research project  “Memories of War and Their Relevance for the Conflict: The Case of Chechnya“.

Dr. Iliyasov focuses on researching radicalization in Russia and the methods used in the country countering this process. He continues to collaborate with the Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS), University of St Andrews focusing on social and in the North Caucasus.

Selected conference papers

  1. Image as a tool of power legitimization: the case of Ramzan Kadyrov. Annual ASIAC conference (December 5-6, 2019, Rome, Italy).
  2. Chechen official discourse today: what the Chechens should remember? Conference at NUPI (August 22-24, 2019 Oslo, Norway).
  3. Chechen perceptions of Russia: implications for the conflict resolution. Fourth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies (9-11 June 2019 Tartu, Estonia).
  4. Islam in service of the state: Chechen case. The 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (25-29 June 2019 Tartu, Estonia).

Research interests


Peace and conflict


Collective identity

Memory politics


Iliyasov, M. (2019). “Chechen Demographic Growth as a Reaction to Conflict: The Views of Chechens.” Europe-Asia Studies, 1-29.

Iliyasov, M. (2018). “Chechen Ethnic Identity: Assessing the Change from Resistance to Submission.” Middle Eastern Studies, 54(3), 475-493.

Iliyasov, M. (2017). “Researching Chechen Diaspora in Europe: the Issues Faced”. The Inter-Disciplinary Political Science Journal, 3(1), 201-218.

Iliyasov, M. (2020). “Governance of religion in Russia: what, how, and why.” In Triandafyllidou, A. and Magazzini, T. (eds.) Routledge Handbook on the Governance of Religious Diversity. Routledge, 131-145.