Dr Mark Galeotti

Senior Associate Fellow


Mark Galeotti is an expert in modern Russia, especially its security politics, intelligence services and criminality. He is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow of the Institute of International Relations Prague, a 2018-19 Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, and director of the consultancy Mayak Intelligence.

A prolific author, his most recent books are The Vory: Russia’s super mafia (Yale, 2018), Russian Political War (Routledge, 2019) and We Need To Talk About Putin (Ebury, 2019). He also writes regularly for the Moscow TimesRaam op RuslandBusiness New Europe and many other outlets.

He read history at Robinson College, Cambridge, and took his doctorate in politics at the London School of Economics. He has been Head of History at Keele University, Professor of Global Affairs at New York University, a visiting professor at Rutgers-Newark (Newark), Charles University (Prague) and MGIMO (Moscow), and a senior research fellow at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

He has advised and given evidence to a wide range of bodies, from the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to Interpol and SHAPE. He is currently working on a series of projects, including a study of Russia’s intelligence services and their impact on Kremlin policy-making, an exploration of non-kinetic forms or warfighting, and a history of the evolution of organised crime.

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