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).