Function : Research Director, Conflict Studies Research Centre

Twitter: @KeirGiles Defence and Security Committee, Sunday 13 October  


Keir Giles is a Senior Consulting Fellow with Chatham House's Russia and Eurasia Programme. He also works with the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group of subject matter experts in Eurasian security.  

After acquiring a wide range of experience in other fields in Europe and the former Soviet Union, Keir originally joined CSRC at the UK Defence Academy (UKDA) as a specialist in human factors influencing Russian security policy. While with UKDA, Keir wrote and advised for UK and international government customers on Russian military, defence and security issues, Russian strategy and doctrine, the Russian view of cyber and information security, and Russia's relations with its neighbours in Northern Europe. 

When the Defence Academy's research and assessment programmes covering Russia were closed down in 2010, Keir brought key team members into the private sector to re-establish CSRC as an independent provider of research and expertise on Eurasian security challenges. Keir now oversees the research and publications programme of the new, independent CSRC.

Keir Giles is the author of "Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West" (Brookings, January 2019), an examination of the persistent factors causing relations with Russia to fall into crisis.

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