Timothy Ash is an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. His research specializes in emerging European economies, sanctions policy and financial markets, with a particular focus on Russia and Ukraine. He is also a senior sovereign strategist at RBC-Bluebay Asset Management. He has worked for more than 25 years in international financial institutions, with a focus on sovereign risk, and has covered Ukraine for 35 years.
Annette Bohr is an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. She has more than 30 years of professional experience as an analyst of Eurasian politics and energy, specializing in the domestic and foreign policies of the post-Soviet Central Asian states as well as Russia’s relations with China. Her research has a particular focus on governance and regime change in authoritarian states, comparative regionalism and the geopolitics of energy. Annette is the author or co-author of a number of publications, including the Chatham House reports and research papers Myths and misconceptions in the debate on Russia (2021), Kazakhstan: Tested by Transition (2019) and Turkmenistan: Power, Politics and Petro-Authoritarianism (2016). Annette regularly advises corporate investors. She prepares briefings and reports on political risk and engagement strategies in Eurasia for international financial institutions, UK, US and Canadian government departments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Annette holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Cambridge and Harvard University.
Kateryna Busol is a Ukrainian lawyer. She is a senior lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and a fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Kateryna has worked on various issues relating to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, with a particular focus on the weaponization of cultural heritage, conflict-related sexual violence, reparations and Ukraine’s transitional justice process. She has worked with the Clooney Foundation for Justice, UN Women, the Global Survivors Fund and Global Rights Compliance. Kateryna has collaborated with Ukrainian NGOs such as the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and Truth Hounds, and has advised Ukrainian prosecutors and judges on war-related proceedings. She was a visiting researcher at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, a Robert Bosch Stiftung fellow at Chatham House, and a visiting professional at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
Keir Giles is a senior consulting fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. Keir has supported Chatham House in its Russia-focused research since 2013. Previously, he worked with the BBC Monitoring Service and the UK Defence Academy, where he wrote and advised on Russian military, defence and security issues – including human factors influencing Russian security policy, Russian strategy and doctrine, the Russian view of cyber and information security, and Russia’s relations with its neighbours in northern Europe. Keir is the author of multiple publications explaining the Russian approach to warfare. These include NATO’s Handbook of Russian Information Warfare (NATO Defense College, 2016); and Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West (Chatham House/Brookings, 2019), an exploration of the persistent factors causing relations with Russia to fall into crisis. He examined consistent patterns of Western success and failure in deterring Russian aggression in What deters Russia: Enduring principles for responding to Moscow (Chatham House, September 2021). His most recent book is Russia’s War on Everybody: And What it Means for You (Bloomsbury, 2022), which describes the human impact of Russia’s campaigns to acquire power and influence around the world.
John Lough is an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. He began his career as an analyst at the Soviet Studies (later Conflict Studies) Research Centre, focusing on Soviet/Russian security policy. He spent six years with NATO, and was the first NATO representative to be based in Moscow (1995–98). He gained direct experience of the Russian oil and gas industry at TNK-BP as a manager in the company’s international affairs team (2003–08). From 2008 to 2016, he ran the Russia and CIS practice at BGR Gabara, a public affairs and strategy consulting company. Alongside his work with Chatham House, John is a consultant with Highgate, a strategic advisory firm.
Orysia Lutsevych is deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia Programme and head of the Ukraine Forum at Chatham House. Orysia’s research focuses on social change, the role of civil society in democratic transition in Eastern Europe and, most recently, democratic resilience to foreign encroachment. She is the author of several Chatham House research publications, including: Giving civil society a stake in Ukraine’s recovery: How government, citizens and donors can work together to embed trust in reconstruction (2023); Resilient Ukraine: Safeguarding Society from Russian Aggression (with Mathieu Boulègue, 2020). Her media work includes contributions for the BBC, CNN, the Guardian, The Times, the Financial Times and the New York Times.
James Nixey joined Chatham House in 2000 and has been director of the institute’s Russia and Eurasia Programme since 2013. He is also an associate fellow with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, an honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter, and serves on the board of the journal UA: Ukraine Analytica. His principal research interests concern Russia’s relationships with the other post-Soviet states and with key international actors. Selected Chatham House publications include: The Long Goodbye: Waning Russian Influence in the South Caucasus and Central Asia (2012); and chapters in Putin Again: Implications for Russia and the West (2012), The Russian Challenge (2015), The Struggle for Ukraine (2017), Kazakhstan: Tested by Transition (2019), and Myths and misconceptions in the debate on Russia (2021). James has written for the Guardian, The Times, the Telegraph, the Independent, Newsweek, USA Today, BBC.co.uk and CNN.com. He holds degrees in modern languages and international relations and has previous experience in journalism (as a reporter in Moscow in the late 1990s).
James Sherr OBE has been a senior fellow of the International Centre for Defence & Security in Tallinn since 2019. He also is an associate fellow and former head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House (2008–11). He was a member of the Social Studies Faculty of Oxford University from 1993 to 2012; a fellow of the Conflict Studies Research Centre of the UK Ministry of Defence from 1995 to 2008; and director of studies of the Royal United Services Institute (1983–85). He has published extensively on Soviet and Russian military, security and foreign policy, as well as energy security, the Black Sea region and Ukraine’s efforts to deal with Russia, the West and its own domestic problems. He was awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List for his services to British interests overseas.
Simon Smith chairs the steering committee of the Ukraine Forum at Chatham House. He was British ambassador to Ukraine from 2012 to 2015 and director, Russia, South Caucasus and Central Asia in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from 2005 to 2007.
Kataryna Wolczuk is an associate fellow of Chatham House’s Russia and Eurasia Programme and a professor of East European politics at the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham. She holds an MA in law from the University of Gdansk, Poland, and an MA and PhD from the University of Birmingham. Kataryna has long experience of working with international organizations, think-tanks, governments and international media, and has extensively researched the post-Soviet countries. She frequently contributes to publications, conferences and events relating to the Eastern Partnership and Eurasian integration, as well as those looking at the domestic and foreign policies of Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.