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Mark Galeotti is Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and previously head of its Centre for European Security. Now based in London, for the academic year 2018-19 he will be 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. Before moving to NYU, he was head of the history department at Keele University, 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.
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.
He writes on his own blog, In Moscow's Shadows as well as guest writing for 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.
In May 2018, his book The Vory — Russia's super mafia was published by Yale University Press, which Simon Sebag Montefiore described it as a "brilliant, gripping, astonishingly rich, important book".
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. He is also a member of the academic board of the Mob Museum.
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