‘The Military Dimension of Russia’s Policy toward Ukraine: Should the West Be Worried?’


SPEAKER: Dr. Mark Galeotti

Professor of Global Affairs at New York University’s SCPS Centre for Global Affairs


TIME: 1 – 2pm, Wednesday 26th March 2014

VENUE: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

To attend please RSVP to: eventsassistant1@henryjacksonsociety.org

This is a past event. To view a full summary and transcript of this event, click here and here respectively.

The crisis in Ukraine has captured the world’s interest. With the overthrow of President Yanukovych’s pro-Russian government and Moscow’s subsequent military invasion and annexation of the Crimean peninsula, much attention has been focused on Russia’s demonstration of power and there has been speculation about its global ambitions. However, whilst analysis has often focused on Putin’s high-stakes political gamble and the West’s contrasting limp response, deeper analysis of what exactly Moscow’s intervention reflects for Russian interests, and its power more generally, has been limited. In particular, little attention has been directed toward Russia’s military capabilities.

Developments in Ukraine have compounded wider views of a West that has lost the desire, and even ability, to take a leading role in global affairs. Coming as it has after widespread Western military cuts, diplomatic shuffling over Syria, and questionable agreement on nuclear development in Iran, events in Ukraine appear to be further evidence of a West in a startling retreat from global affairs. In this context, what does Russia’s invasion of Ukraine mean for the future of international affairs?

By kind invitation of James Gray MP, The Russia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Dr. Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs at New York University. Dr. Galeotti will discuss whether Moscow’s posturing in the Ukrainian crisis has been, as many have claimed, an example of Russia’s confidence and ambition, and something that should worry a complacent West; or whether those actions are indicative of Putin’s weakening and increasingly unattractive regime, desperate to maintain regional hegemony and domestic support.



Mark Galeotti, MA PhD, is Professor of Global Affairs at New York University’s SCPS Center for Global Affairs, head of its Transnational Security programme, and an expert on Russian security and politics, transnational crime and intelligence affairs.

Born in the UK, 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 in the City. From 1991-2008, he was based at Keele University, where he became Head of History and founded the Organised Russian & Eurasian Crime Research Unit, the only such specialist centre in Europe.

Dr. Galeotti was an advisor at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 1996-97, where his remit covered post-Soviet organized crime, the security and intelligence services and Russian foreign and security policy. He was Visiting Professor of Public Security at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers—Newark, USA, 2005-6 and a fellow of Oxford University’s Extra-Legal Governance Institute in 2007. He joined the faculty at NYU in 2009.

He has published widely, with 13 authored and edited books to his name (most recently, The Politics of Security in Modern Russia and Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991) and his forthcoming books include Russia’s Wars in Chechnya (Osprey) and Vory: Russian Organised Crime (Yale UP).

He has had hundreds of articles published in the academic, professional and popular press, including a monthly column in Jane’s Intelligence Review 1991-2006. He is the Founding Editor of the journal Global Crime and was the European Editor of Low-Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement until 2005. His blog, In Moscow’s Shadows, has become a must-read source for Russian crime and security affairs.

Dr. Galeotti also has widespread consultancy experience, with clients ranging from governments and law-enforcement agencies (including the British National Criminal Intelligence Service, US State Department, FBI and Interpol) through to corporations. He has given evidence before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee and briefed officials from numerous British and foreign government departments.




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