Keir Giles

Senior Consulting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

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Keir Giles is a senior consulting fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme.

Keir has supported the institute 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, including NATO’s Handbook of Russian Information Warfare (NATO Defense College, 2016); and Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West (Brookings/Chatham House, 2019), an examination of the persistent factors causing relations with Russia to fall into crisis.

He has previously outlined key principles for deterring Russia in What deters Russia: Enduring principles for responding to Moscow (Chatham House, 2021) and described Russia’s own successful campaigns of using nuclear threats for deterrence in Russian nuclear intimidation: How Russia uses nuclear threats to shape Western responses to aggression (Chatham House, 2023).

His most recent book is Russia’s War on Everybody: And What it Means for You (Bloomsbury, 2022), describing the human impact of Russia’s campaigns to acquire power and influence around the world.

In addition to Keir’s work with Chatham House, he leads the Conflict Studies Research Centre, a group of subject matter experts in Eurasian security.

Past experience

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

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