Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme
James Sherr
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James Sherr is an associate fellow and former head of the Russia and Eurasia programme (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.


  • Foreign and security policy of the Russian Federation
  • Ukraine
  • NATO/EU Enlargement & the Black Sea Region
  • Security sector reform in post-Communist states
  • The energy relationship between Russia, Ukraine and the EU


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


  • The Implications of the Russia-Georgia War for European Security, in The Guns of August 2008: Russia's War in Georgia, edited by Svante E Cornell and S Frederick Starr, 2009
  • Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Energy: Final Warning The World Today, February 2009
  • Russia and Georgia: A Dangerous Game The World Today, October 2008
  • Georgia: Russia Demands to be Regarded as Number One The Sunday Telegraph, August 10 2008
  • The Politics of National Ruin, Zerkalo Nedeli, August 2008
  • Ukraine and NATO: Destination Unknown The World Today, August 2008
  • Russia & the West: A Reassessment (monograph), Shrivenham Papers no 6, UK Defence Academy, 2008
  • Security in the Black Sea Region: Back to Realpolitik?, Journal of Southeast European & Black Sea Studies, vol 8, 2008, 141-153.
  • Conclusion in Stephen Velychenko, ed., Ukraine, the EU and Russia, Palgrave/Macmillan, London, 2007
  • Ukraine's Scissors: Between External Weakness & Internal Dependence (monograph), Russie/NEI Visions no 9, IFRI, Paris, March 2006