Mr. Vitaly Naumkin gradutaed with distinction from Moscow State University, where he had studied Arab and Islamic history and Arabic language. He was also trained at Cairo University and American University in Cairo in 1966-1967. In 1968-1970 he served in the Armed Forces where he taught Arabic at the Military University of the MoD. He became one of the top Russian simultaneous interpreters of Arabic and frequently worked for the top leaders of the state. In 1984 he became head of Center for Arab Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies under Russian Academy of Sciences. For many years Prof. Naumkin has been Editor-in-Chief of “Vostok-ORIENS” journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Naumkin lectured at many universities abroad – in the U.S., Western Europe and the Arab world. In 1991 Naumkin was a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo, and in 2003 – a visiting professor at the University of California in Berkeley.

In 1991 Prof. Naumkin established Center for Strategic and Political Studies that has acquired publicity as an important public think tank in the field of conflict management and resolution, second track diplomacy, international relations and politics. He is a member of the Scientific Council under Security Council of Russia, member of the Scientific-Consultative Council under Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Chairman of the Scientific-Consultative Council of the Ministry of Justice.