Denis Sokolov is an expert on the North Caucasus focusing on the informal economy of the region, land disputes, and institutional foundations of military conflicts. He is a senior research fellow at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and research director at the Center for Social and Economic Research of Regions (RAMCOM). Sokolov has conducted field research in the North Caucasus since 2009, primarily in Dagestan, with an emphasis on how globalization has transformed rural communities and led to new urbanization and migration patterns. He has studied the impact of the spread of Salafi Islam on local rural communities, labor migration from Dagestan to western Siberia, and other migration-related issues. Sokolov’s current research focuses on the flow of combatants from Russia and other post-Soviet countries to Syria and the Islamic State, as well as the political emigration of Russian Muslims to Turkey, Egypt, and Western Europe.