Dr Mark Galeotti is a senior researcher at UMV, the Institute of International Relations Prague, where he is heads its Centre for European Security. He read history at Robinson College, Cambridge University and then took his doctorate in politics at the London School of Economics, after a brief time working in the City of London. A specialist on Russian security affairs, intelligence, organised crime and similar murky topics, he is also principal director of the consultancy Mayak Intelligence; a lecturer at Charles University; and 2016-17 was a visiting fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Previously, he has been Senior Lecturer in History and head of department at Keele University, UK; Professor of Global Affairs and departmental chair at New York University; attached to the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as an adviser on post-Soviet security issues; and a visiting professor at Rutgers—Newark (USA), Charles University (Prague), and MGIMO (Moscow). A prolific writer, he has 15 authored and edited books to his name; his most recent are Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right (Mayak, 2016) and The Modern Russian Army (Osprey, 2017), while his Vory: the story of the Russian mafia is due out from Yale University Press in 2018. He tweets as @MarkGaleotti and also blogs at In Moscow’s Shadows.