Nikolay Kozhanov is a nonresident scholar in the Foreign and Security Policy Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center and a contributing expert to the Moscow-based Institute of the Middle East. His research focuses on international relations and political economy of the Middle East, particularly Iran and the Gulf.
Prior to joining the Carnegie Moscow Center, Kozhanov worked as a visiting lecturer on political economy of the Middle East at the European University in St. Petersburg and a senior lecturer in international economics at the St. Petersburg State University. From July 2006 to November 2009, Kozhanov served as an attaché of the political section of the Russian Embassy in Tehran, where his responsibilities included the analysis of socio-economic and political developments in Iran.
In 2011, Kozhanov published his first monograph that assessed the effectiveness of international sanctions adopted against Iran. In 2012, he was a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, which sponsored the publication of his second monograph, Russia’s Relations with Iran: Dialogue Without Commitments. In 2015, Kozhanov joined the Russia and Eurasia program of Chatham House as a Robert Bosch visiting fellow to research the evolution of Russian foreign policy in the Middle East in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine.