Dr. Nourhan El-Sheikh is a Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt. She was the Director of the Center for American Studies – Cairo University (2009-2011) and Cofounder and Director of Youth Studies Center for Preparation of Leaders. She also served as the Head of Advanced Training and International Cooperation Unit at the International Center for Future and Strategic Studies – Egypt (2005- 2013), and Advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Youth (2000-2008). In December 2018, she founded and headed the Russian Studies Unit at the Cairo University. Dr. Nourhan teaches many courses, in both Arabic and English, on International Relations and Foreign Policy, Strategic Studies, Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States, and Asian, European, and Mediterranean Studies.
Dr. El-Sheikh obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from Cairo University in February 2000, a Master’s degree in Alternative Development Strategies from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Netherlands (1994), and a Diploma in Russian language from the Pushkin Institute (1993). She is a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Yalta Forum of Civilizations (the Russian Federation), the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, Egyptian United Nations Association, Arab Association for Political Science, and the Executive Office of the Egyptian Commission at the Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Organization. She is also an expert at the Valdai Forum (Mosco).
She has published several books, including Theory of International Relations (2018), Egypt and Russia: Historical Cooperation and Future Partnership (2021), Russia-US Relations: From the Cold War to the Cold Peace (2019), Russian Foreign Policy Toward Middle East in 21st Century (2010), Soviet and Russian Attitudes Toward Arab Unity Since the Early Twentieth Century (2013), Decision-Making Process in Russia and the Arab Russian Relations (1998), and The Role of Ruling Elite in Restructuring Russian Foreign Policy 1985 – 1996 (2000). She has also written dozens of studies, research, and articles in Arabic, English, and Russian languages.