Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme
Duncan Allan

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Duncan Allan is director of Octant Research & Analysis Ltd, an independent consultancy. 

For more than 28 years he was a member of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s research analysts cadre, working on the countries of the former Soviet Union, particularly Russia and Ukraine. 

He served at the British Embassies in Moscow and Kyiv.  

Areas of expertise

  • Russian internal affairs (politics, economics, energy)
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Ukraine

Past experience

2011-17Senior principal research analyst, Foreign & Commonwealth Office 
2013-15Deputy head of research analysts, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
2007-11Head of policy delivery team, British Embassy, Kyiv
2003-07Senior principal research analyst and head of Eastern Research Group, Foreign & Commonwealth Office