Annette Bohr

Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

Annette Bohr


Annette Bohr has more than 30 years of professional experience as an analyst of Eurasian politics and energy.

Her research addresses the politics and international relations of the post-Soviet Central Asian states as well as Russia’s relations with China, with 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 Turkmenistan: Power, Politics and Petro-Authoritarianism; Myths and Misconceptions in the debate on Russia; and Kazakhstan: Tested by Transition.

For ten years she wrote for Freedom House’s annual research publication on democracy, Nations in Transit. Her research has been supported by grants from the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, Open Society Foundations and IREX.

Annette has provided expert witness services, testified to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in connection with its inquiry into autocracies and UK foreign policy, and acted as a specialist advisor for the committee’s policy simulation on the war in Ukraine.

She acts as an expert for the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and is a frequent panellist at international conferences and a regular commentator on a wide array of global media outlets.

Annette regularly advises corporate investors and has prepared briefings and reports on political risk and strategies of engagement in Eurasia for international financial institutions, oil and gas companies, UK, US and Canadian government departments, and non-governmental organizations.

Annette holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa), the University of Cambridge and Harvard University.

Past experience

2005 - present Independent analyst and consultant
2001-2004 Research fellow, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester
1999-2000 Research associate, Department of Geography, Cambridge University
1994-1998 Research fellow, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University
1987-1990 Analyst, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc., Munich, Germany
1985 Information specialist, USSR Division, Voice of America, Washington, D.C.