James Sherr

United Kingdom

Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London.

Senior Fellow of the Institute of Statecraft; Visiting Fellow, Razumkov Centre for Economic and Political Studies, Kiev, Ukraine.

Previous positions: Member, Faculty of Social Studies, Oxford University (1993–2012); Fellow, Conflict Studies Research Centre, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (1995–2008); Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Regularly advises the UK, NATO, the EU and partner countries on Russia, Ukraine and the Black Sea region. He has spoken at the NATO-Russia Council, has delivered papers at the first and second official NATO-Russia workshops in Moscow (1994).

Standing engagements at the NATO Defence College, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the Harvard Russia Security Programme and the Harvard Black Sea Security Programme; the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Selected publications: Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion: Russia’s Influence Abroad (2013); Hard Power in the Black Sea Region: A Dreaded but Crippled Instrument (2011); The Russia-EU Energy Relationship: Getting it Right (2010); The Mortgaging of Ukraine’s Independence (2010); Russia and the West: A Reassessment (2008).


First Putin-Trump Meeting: The Exploration of a Compartmentalised Relationship
After very anticipated first Russian and US presidents' meeting, James Sherr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) told

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‘Mobilizing’, ‘Populist’, ‘Rebellious’: Valdai Experts Assess Trump’s…
Donald Trump’s inauguration speech on January 20, 2017 sent shockwaves across the whole American political spectrum and caused powerful repercussions internationally. In a series of interviews with
Prospectus on 2017
The past year began with a reiteration of the West’s fragile unity and ended with a revolution. The new year will reveal its dynamics. Even in a revolutionary age, revolutions can be defeated, but not

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Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion. Russia’s Influence Abroad. By James Sherr
Issued in mid-2013 by the UK Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. James Sherr studies how Vladimir Putin’s Russia influences the global political situation. Having dealt with this

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Valdai Club Experts on Putin’s Most Important Statements
Valdai Club Russian and foreign experts have said that Vladimir Putin’s statement about the possibility of running for president in 2018 was the most interesting, although not at all unexpected.
Struggle Between Nabucco and South Stream for the Natural Gas Resources
Nabucco and South Stream are very different in both concept and structure, and this is important for understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each project. Nabucco is a mercantile pipeline. It is

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