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Alexandra Kuimova


Alexandra Kuimova

Alexandra Kuimova

Alexandra Kuimova is a Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. Her areas of research include the monitoring of arms transfers, military spending and arms industry, foreign and defence policies, with particular focus on the Middle East and North Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe. She also maintains the online National Reports Database.

Prior to joining SIPRI, she was an Intern in the Department of New Challenges and Threats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation where she prepared a background report on terrorist movements in the MENA region. She also completed internships at Université Abdelmalek Essaâdi in Morocco and Cairo University in Egypt. 

Subject expertise

Defence policies; arms transfers; arms procurement and military expenditure in the MENA region and Post-Soviet states; Russian arms exports to the MENA region

Regional expertise

Russia, Middle East, North Africa

Russian, English, Arabic

Specialist (M.A.) degree in African and Oriental Studies, Kazan (Volga region) Federal University, Russia

External publications
  • Tian, N., Lopes da Silva, D. and Kuimova, A., Military Spending and the Achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in UNODA Occasional Papers no. 35, Rethinking Unconstrained Military Spending, pp. 21-37, United Nations, New York (2020)
  • Kuimova, A., Russia’s Arms Exports to the MENA Region: Trends and Drivers, EuroMesco Policy Brief, No. 95 (April 2019)
  • Понятие исламизм. Взаимодействие демократии и исламизма (на примере арабских стран Северной Африки Туниса и Алжира), (The concept of Islamism. Interaction between democracy and Islam (Tunisia and Algeria)), Summary of the XIII Russian conference of young Africanists 'African countries in global policy in the 21st century' (2014)
  • Терроризм в Африке (Terrorism in Africa), Summary of the XII Russian conference of young Africanists: 'BRICS and prospects of socio-economic, political and cultural development in Africa' (2013)
  • Причины и предпосылки террористической активности в Саудовской Аравии в конце 20- начале 21вв (The causes and conditions of terrorist activity in Saudi Arabia in the period from the end of 20th century to the early 21st century), Summary of scientific student conference of Kazan Federal University (2011)