James Sherr is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and former head, between 2008 and 2011, of the Russia and Eurasia programme. He was a member of the Social Studies Faculty of Oxford University from 1993 to 2012, a fellow of the Conflict Studies Research Centre of the UK Ministry of Defence from 1995 to 2008 and Director of Studies of the Royal United Services Institute (1983-85)  He is also a Visiting Fellow of the Razumkov Centre, Kyiv, a Senior Associate Fellow of the Institute of Statecraft and a former GMF Bosch Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington.

For twenty-five years, James Sherr has advised governments in the UK, NATO, the EU about developments in Russia and Ukraine, has worked closely with Ukraine on defence and security sector reform and over the past ten years has participated regularly in Baltic security forums. He has published extensively on Soviet, Russian and Ukrainian military, security and foreign policy, as well as energy security and the Black Sea region.  His latest book is Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion: Russia’s Influence Abroad (Chatham House, 2013). Other publications include The New East-West Discord: Russian Objectives, Western Interests (Clingendael, December 2015) ‘Ukraine: A War of Narratives and Arms’ (in The Russia Challenge, Chatham House, June 2015), The Mortgaging of Ukraine’s Independence (Chatham House 2010) and Russia and the West: A Reassessment (UK Defence Academy 2008).  He also has written a commentary on Brexit, ‘Sovereignty in Isolation: The UK and the West after Brexit’, published in Krytyka (in English and Ukrainian July 2016) and a separate commentary in Diplomaatia (September 2016).