Mark Galeotti

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Mark Galeotti is an Honorary Professor at the UCL_School_of_Slavonic_and_East_European_Studies[1] and a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal_United_Services_Institute[2], as well as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague[3] and previously head of its Centre for European Security.[4]. Now based in London, for the academic year 2018-19 he is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. He is an expert and prolific author on transnational crime and Russian security affairs.

Formerly, he was Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University.[5][6] Before moving to NYU, he was head of the history department at Keele University,[7] visiting professor of public security at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers–Newark (2005-6) and senior research fellow at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1996–97). He has also been a visiting professor at MGIMO (Moscow) and Charles University (Prague).

Born in the UK, he was educated at Tiffin School (grammar academy) in Kingston upon Thames and Robinson College, Cambridge, where he studied history, and then the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he completed his doctorate in the Government department, under Dominic Lieven, on the impact of the Afghan war on the USSR.[citation needed]

Between 1991 and 2006, he wrote a monthly column on Russian and post-Soviet security issues for Jane's Intelligence Review (formerly Jane’s Soviet Intelligence Review). He continues to write for various Jane's publications, as well as Oxford Analytica, for which he covers Russian security, transnational crime and terrorism issues. In July 2011, he started writing a regular column, Siloviks & Scoundrels, for the Russian newspaper The Moscow News, until the newspaper's closure in 2014.[8]

He writes on his own blog, In Moscow's Shadows as well as guest writing for Raam op Russia, EUROPP, oD:Russia, the International Policy Digest, and other blogs. He also contributes articles to The Moscow Times and War on the Rocks and is a contributing editor to Business New Europe.


Armies of the Russian-Ukrainian War (London: Osprey, June 2019)
We Need To Talk About Putin (London: Ebury, 2019
Russian Political Warfare: moving beyond the hybrid (London: Routledge, 2019)
Kulikovo 1380: the battle that made Russia (London: Osprey, 2019)
The Vory: Russia’s super mafia (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018; paperback to be released in 2019) – also licensed for translation in 11 other languages, to date. Simon Sebag Montefiore described it as a "brilliant, gripping, astonishingly rich, important book".[9]
The Modern Russian Army, 1992-2016 (London: Osprey, 2017) – also published in Polish and Italian
Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right (Prague: Mayak 2016)
Spetsnaz: Russia’s special forces (London: Osprey 2015) – also published in Swedish
Russia’s Chechen Wars (London: Osprey 2014) – also published in Romanian
Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991 (London: Osprey, 2013)
Paths of Wickedness and Crime: the underworlds of the Renaissance Italian city (New York: Gonfalone, 2012)
The Politics of Security in Modern Russia [edited] (London: Ashgate, 2010)
Organized Crime in History [edited] (London: Routledge, 2009)
Global Crime Today: the changing face of organised crime [edited] (London: Routledge, 2005)
Criminal Russia: a sourcebook and coursebook on 150 years of crime, corruption & policing (Keele, ORECRU, revised 4th edition, 2003)
Russian and Post-Soviet Organized Crime [edited] (London, Ashgate, 2002)
Putin's Russia [edited] (London, Jane's, 2002), co-edited with Ian Synge
Gorbachev and his Revolution (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1997). Elements of this book were republished within People Who Made History: Mikhail Gorbachev, edited by Tom Head (New York, Gale: 2003)
Jane’s Sentinel: Russia (Coulsdon, Jane’s, 1997)
Unstable Russia (Coulsdon, Jane’s, 1996)
The Age of Anxiety. Security and Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (Harlow, Longman Higher Academic, 1995). Translated into Czech as Čas Uzkosti (Prague, Orbis, 1998)
Afghanistan: the Soviet Union's last war (London, Frank Cass, 1995, new edition released in paperback 2001)
The Kremlin’s Agenda (Coulsdon, Jane’s Information Group, 1995)

Other activities[edit]

He is a consultant to various government, commercial and law-enforcement agencies and a senior analyst for Wikistrat. He is the Founding Editor of the journal Global Crime.[10] He is also a member of the international advisory board of the Mob Museum.

Mark Galeotti has also worked on several Glorantha-related books and fanzines.[11] and wrote the HeroQuest (role-playing game)-engined standalone RPG Mythic Russia[12]


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  3. ^ "Ústav mezinárodních vztahů". Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  4. ^ "Centre for European Security - Ústav mezinárodních vztahů".
  5. ^ "Newsroom".
  6. ^ "Mark Galeotti, M.A., Ph.D". 2009-03-04.
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 24, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia by Mark Galeotti - review". 2018-03-29.
  10. ^ "Global Crime".
  11. ^ "Wesley's Glorantha Site III > the Bard's Corner > Mark Galeotti".
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