Ekaterina Sokirianskaia is the founder and director of the Conflict Analysis and Prevention Center, a think tank that focuses on analyzing violent conflicts in the former Soviet Union. Sokirianskaia has seventeen years of experience working on human rights and conflict resolution issues in the North Caucasus region. Until 2017, she served as the International Crisis Group’s Russia-North Caucasus project director. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Central European University and has authored or co-authored numerous articles and reports on human rights, security, and conflict in the North Caucasus and Russia. Diwan interviewed her in mid-May to discuss the involvement of Russian jihadists in Iraq and Syria.