James Sherr

Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

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James Sherr OBE has been Senior Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at 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 effort 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.

Past experience

2011 - date Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
2008-11 Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
1995-2008 Fellow, Advanced Research & Assessment Group, UK Defence Academy
1986-2008 Lecturer in International Relations, Lincoln College Oxford

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