Languages: English, Italian, Russian, French
Areas of Expertise: Russian security, Russian politics, Organised and transnational crime, Intelligence
Dr Mark Galeotti is senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and principal director of the Mayak Intelligence consultancy. He specialises in the murky subjects of modern Russian politics, history and security affairs, and transnational and organised crime.
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. Before moving to NYU, he was head of History at Keele University in the UK. He was a special advisor at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, covering post-Soviet organised crime and Russian security and intelligence services. He has been a visiting professor at Rutgers—Newark, Charles University (Prague), and MGIMO (Moscow).
He has published widely, with 14 authored and edited books to his name (his most recent, Spetsnaz: Russia’s special forces, came out in 2015) and numerous articles in the academic, professional and popular press. He is a columnist for the Moscow Times, Business New Europe and War On The Rocks.
Mark Galeotti - 21 November 2016
Rather than trying to duplicate NATO, the EU should instead focus on 'hybrid defence'.
Mark Galeotti - 10 October 2016
Russia's brutality in Aleppo reflects Moscow’s perspective on warfighting, its military capabilities, and its sense of threat.
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.
Mark Galeotti - 09 August 2016
Vladimir is not Nicholas, and the 2010s are not the 1850s. Nonetheless, if Putinism is entering its “Nicolaevian” phase, it raises some worrying implications for the future.
by Mark Galeotti - 01st September, 2017
Insofar as there is a command-and-control node, it is within the Presidential Administration.
by Mark Galeotti - 18th April, 2017
European states and institutions have to consider the challenges posed by Russian-based organised crime, and adopt measures to combat it.
by Mark Galeotti - 19th December, 2016
How the Kremlin uses its military as an instrument of coercive diplomacy
by Mark Galeotti - 11th May, 2016
Far from being an all-powerful “spookocracy” that controls the Kremlin, Russia’s intelligence services are internally divided.