Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme
James Nixey
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James Nixey is Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme. His principal expertise concerns the relationships between Russia and the other post-Soviet states. He has published papers and articles in books and journals, and commented extensively in the national and global media.

He has also organised hundreds of private expert roundtables on Russian and Eurasian affairs while at Chatham House. Publications include The Long Goodbye: Waning Russian Influence in The South Caucasus and Central Asia, 'Russia’s Geopolitical Compass: Losing Direction' in, Putin Again: Implications for Russia and the West, and 'The South Caucasus: Drama on Three Stages' in A Question of Leadership: America’s Role in a Changed World.

As the principal fundraiser for his research programme, he has raised money for projects from dozens of corporate sector companies, governments and grant-giving institutions.

James holds degrees in modern languages and international relations and has previous experience in journalism (as a reporter in Moscow in the late 1990s) and the banking sector, for Goldman Sachs.


  • Russian foreign policy
  • International relations of the post-Soviet states


2013 - Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
2000 - 12Manager and Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
1998 - 99MSc International Relations, University of Bristol
1997Investigative Reporter, The Moscow Tribune
1993 - 97BA (Hons) Russian with Italian, University of Exeter
  • US-Russian Relations After the Events of August 2008 Chatham House Briefing Note, September 2008
  • Both Sides are to Blame for the Crisis in the Caucasus The Guardian, September 9 2008
  • Postcard from Uzbekistan: Into the Valley The World Today, Aug 07
  • Georgia and Russia: Feeling the Heat The World Today, Dec 06
  • Experts' Russian Foreign Policy Roundtable Briefing Note, Nov 06
  • Russia and the Former Soviet States in Iran, Its Neighbours and The Regional Crisis Chatham House Report, Aug 06
  • Kazakhstan: Fearing Election Fever The World Today, Dec 05
  • Russia-Ukraine Energy Dispute, The Parliamentarian
  • Uzbekistan: Autocratic Scar The World Today, June 05