Evgenii Novikov

Dr. Evgenii Novikov, an expert on Islam and on the politics and economics of the Persian Gulf region. Born in Kyrgyzstan of Russian parents, Dr. Novikov received his Master’s degree in Business and Foreign Trade in the Gulf States from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and his PhD in the politics and economy of Arabic countries from the Moscow Institute of Social Sciences. He also has extensive practical experience in Central Asia and the Persian Gulf region. As an elite Soviet expert on Islamic affairs, his responsibilities over the years ranged from instruction in the theory and practice of socialism to students from Islamic countries to advising Arab leaders on political affairs, international relations and trade issues. His official duties as a representative of the Soviet Communist Party’s International Department provided Dr. Novikov with the opportunity to establish close personal and working relationships with many high-ranking officials in Islamic republics, including Yemen, Iraq and Kuwait. Following his defection to the United States in 1988, Dr. Novikov served on the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College and of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany, where he instructed pro-democracy leaders of the then newly independent nations of Central Asia.

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Articles by Evgenii Novikov

Baathist Origins of the Zarqawi Letter

Coalition forces recently captured a seventeen-page letter detailing plans to foment civil war in Iraq before the June 30 deadline for the hand-over of power. Some analysts have suggested the

The Soviet Roots of Islamic Militancy in Yemen

"Possibilities for the Third World War would have greatly increased if we had not taken South Yemen into our hands." These words of former Soviet Defense Minister Marshall Ustinov were

Unmasking the Iraqi Insurgency

Since the start of war in Iraq, coalition forces have been strongly criticized for using "heavy-handed" military tactics against non-professional, civic "insurgents." However, such criticism over-simplifies the conflict now raging

Muslim Brotherhood In Crisis?

On January 14, 2004, the Arab television station Al-Jazeera broadcast a report about the death of Mamoun El Hodeiby, the “spiritual leader” of the influential Egyptian fundamentalist organization, the Muslim

Winning The Arab Street

Military victories in Iraq and Afghanistan do little to alleviate continued U.S. defeats on the most important front in the War on Terror - the war of ideas. A recent

The De-baathification Of Iraq

In October of 1974, Panteleimon Ponomarenko , the former head of the Soviet Union's Central Staff for Guerrilla Movements during the Second World War, gave a lecture at a secret

Unmasking The Iraqi Insurgency

Since the start of war in Iraq, coalition forces have been strongly criticized for using "heavy-handed" military tactics against non-professional, civic "insurgents." However, such criticism over-simplifies the conflict now raging

The Soviet Roots Of Islamic Militancy In Yemen

"Possibilities for the Third World War would have greatly increased if we had not taken South Yemen into our hands." These words of former Soviet Defense Minister Marshall Ustinov were

Baathist Origins Of The Zarqawi Letter

Coalition forces recently captured a seventeen-page letter detailing plans to foment civil war in Iraq before the June 30 deadline for the hand-over of power. Some analysts have suggested the

Muslim Brotherhood In Crisis?

On January 14, 2004, the Arab television station Al-Jazeera broadcast a report about the death of Mamoun El Hodeiby, the “spiritual leader” of the influential Egyptian fundamentalist organization, the Muslim

Winning The Arab Street

Military victories in Iraq and Afghanistan do little to alleviate continued U.S. defeats on the most important front in the War on Terror - the war of ideas. A recent

The De-baathification Of Iraq

In October of 1974, Panteleimon Ponomarenko , the former head of the Soviet Union's Central Staff for Guerrilla Movements during the Second World War, gave a lecture at a secret