Associate Fellow, International Security and Russia and Eurasia Programme
Keir Giles
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Keir Giles is an associate fellow of the International Security department and the Russia and Eurasia programme, and director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre. He spent the early 1990s in the former USSR. With the BBC Monitoring Service, he reported on political and economic affairs in the former Soviet Union for UK government customers. He also wrote for several years as a Russia correspondent for UK aviation journals. Other professional experience in Russia includes a period with Ernst & Young analysing and reporting on intricate and constantly shifting Russian tax law. While attached to the UK Defence Academy's Research and Assessment Branch (R&AB), he wrote and briefed for UK and overseas government and academic customers on Russian military, defence and security issues; Russia's relations with NATO and with its neighbours in Northern Europe; and human factors affecting decision-making in Russia.


  • Cyber and information security 
  • Military transformation in Russia
  • Russian foreign and domestic security policy 


2010 - 13Director, Conflict Studies Research Centre Ltd
2005 - 10Consultant, Conflict Studies Research Centre, UK Defence Academy (subsequently also Advanced Research Assessment Group and Research and Analysis Branch, UKDA)
1992 - 2006Various positions in BBC Monitoring Service 
1994 - 95Ernst & Young, Moscow 
1991 - 93Director, Russ-Sky Ltd and A/O Aerokontsept


  • Russian
  • Towards the next Defence and Security Review: Part Two: NATO Oral evidence, Defence Select Committee, House of Commons, June 2014
  • Russia's Approach to Cyber Security, Russian Analytical Digest, August 2013
  • Russian Interests in Sub-Saharan Africa, US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, July 2013
  • Russia and Cyber Security, Nação e Defesa (Journal of Portuguese National Defence Institute), N.º 133 – 2012, November 2012
  • Still Writing the Online Rulebook, The World Today, October 2012
  • Who Gives the Orders in the New Russian Military? NATO Defense College, Rome, March 2012