Mark Galeotti is a specialist on Russian politics and security affairs. He is an Honorary Professor at UCL SSEES, Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI, and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague. He also runs his own consultancy, Mayak Intelligence. He read history at Robinson College Cambridge and took his doctorate in government at the LSE, and has since been Head of History at Keele University, a Senior Research Fellow with the Foreign Office, Professor of Global Affairs at New York University, and a visiting professor at Rutgers-Newark (Newark, NJ), Charles University (Prague), the European University Institute (Florence), and MGIMO (Moscow). 

He advises on Russian politics and activities abroad to a wide range of audiences, from the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the FBI to commercial organizations. He is currently working on a study of future forms of non-kinetic conflict and an exploration of the impact of the Russian intelligence and security services on the country's politics, business, and society.

BA/MA in History from Cambridge University
PhD in Government from the LSE

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Issues of Expertise:
Russian political and military interventions abroad. Security. Intelligence. Organized Crime. 

English. Italian. Russian


A Short History of Russia, 2020 (New York: Hanover Square) and 2021 (London: Ebury)
Armies of the Russian-Ukrainian War, 2019. (London: Osprey)
We Need to Talk About Putin, 2019. (London: Ebury)
Russian Political Warfare: moving beyond the hybrid, 2019. (London: Routledge)
Kulikovo 1380: the battle that made Russia, 2019 (London: Osprey)
The Vory: Russia’s super mafia, 2018 (London and New Haven: Yale University Press) 
The Modern Russian Army, 1992-2016, 2017. (London: Osprey) 
Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right, 2016. (Prague: Mayak)
Spetsnaz: Russia’s special forces, 2015. (London: Osprey) 
Russia’s Chechen Wars, 2014. (London: Osprey) 
Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991, 2013. (London: Osprey)
Paths of Wickedness and Crime: the underworlds of the Renaissance Italian city, 2012. (New York: Gonfalone)
The Politics of Security in Modern Russia [edited], 2010. (London: Ashgate)[12]
Organised Crime in History [edited], 2009. (London: Routledge)
Global Crime Today: the changing face of organised crime [edited], 2005. (London: Routledge)[13]
Criminal Russia: a sourcebook and coursebook on 150 years of crime, corruption & policing, 2003. (Keele, ORECRU, revised 4th edition)
Russian and Post-Soviet Organized Crime [edited], 2002. (London, Ashgate)
Putin's Russia [edited], 2002 (London, Jane's), co-edited with Ian Synge
Gorbachev and his Revolution, 1997 (Basingstoke, Macmillan)
Jane’s Sentinel: Russia, 1997 (Coulsdon, Jane’s)
Unstable Russia, 1996 (Coulsdon, Jane’s)
The Age of Anxiety. Security and Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia, 1995 (Harlow, Longman)
Afghanistan: the Soviet Union's last war, 1995 (London, Frank Cass)
The Kremlin’s Agenda, 1995 (Coulsdon, Jane’s Information Group)

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Twitter Handle: @markgaleotti 



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