Articles on Mark Galeotti

Britain’s Strategic Defence and Security Review and deterring Russia (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 22 January 2018

Russia is being weaponised to justify big-ticket buys for the UK military, yet there’s little talk of what Moscow thinks matters.

Donbas war will be won by force of example, not arms (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 16 October 2017

Those who argue that reform must take second place to military victory are in effect cheerleading for the kleptocrats.

G7 shirking its responsibilities on Russia (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 25 May 2017

If sanctions are considered not to be working, then the answer is not to lift them, but to strengthen them.

The truth about Russia's defence budget (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 24 March 2017

Contrary to recent claims, Russia's defence budget has not been slashed for 2017. 

A Trump-Putin summit? Bring it on. (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 17 January 2017

The long-distance bromance may founder when its principals actually get to meet. 

Russia’s heavy metal diplomacy (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 27 December 2016

Mark Galeotti's op-ed on how Russia aims to divide, distract, dismay and dominate neighbours with 'heavy metal diplomacy'.

Can governance Trump guns? European security after the US elections (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 21 November 2016

Rather than trying to duplicate NATO, the EU should instead focus on 'hybrid defence'.

Aleppo is paying for Russia’s imagined global threat (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 10 October 2016

Russia's brutality in Aleppo reflects Moscow’s perspective on warfighting, its military capabilities, and its sense of threat. 

'New KGB' plans betray Putin's anxiety (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 19 September 2016

If true, this would be a serious shift in policy, reflecting a dawning awareness on Putin’s part that his old strategies for governing Russia are looking increasingly ineffective. 

Putin’s incredible shrinking circle (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 17 August 2016

At a time when Russia is heading into renewed turbulence, he appears determined to ensure he has none around him willing to express uncomfortable truths.