Political scientist; he heads the institute since 2005. He was its Vice-Director for Research (2002–2005).
His area of scholarly focus includes ethno-political conflict, post-communist transformation and nation-building in the former USSR in general and the Caucasus in particular. Starting in the early 1990s, he has done research on conflicts in the South and Northern Caucasus, electoral processes and the emergence of post-Soviet identities. He also conducted and lead research on migrations, regional integration, media development and public discourses.
The institute that he leads engages in research,
conducts conferences, publishes books and research papers. Alexander Iskandaryan teaches courses on political science
and Caucasus Studies at Caucasus Institute and other institutions.