Magdalene Karalis

Academy Associate, Russia and Eurasia Programme

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Magdalene’s research with the Russia and Eurasia Programme focuses on how open-source intelligence (OSINT) can be used proactively in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Prior to joining Chatham House, Magdalene worked as an OSINT research analyst and a crisis translator when the conflict broke out. She was also senior editor for a chapter of Journalists for Human Rights and founded The Verdict, a blog focusing on controversial legal cases in Eastern Europe.

Magdalene also holds a background in strategy simulations and is fluent in five languages.

She received her MSc in conflict studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and holds a joint honours degree from McGill University in political science and Russian studies.

Past experience

2022 Crisis Translator, Respond Crisis Translation
2020-21 MSc Conflict Studies, The London School of Economics and Political Science
2016-20 BA Honours Political Science and Russian Studies