Neil MacFarlane is Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Relations at Oxford, and was head of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations from 2005 to 2010. His general research interests include issues surrounding security, sovereignty, intervention, self-determination, and international order. He has published in journals such as World Politics, International Security, International Affairs, Survival, Security Studies, The International Journal, and Contemporary Politics.

He has been working on and in the USSR and Russia’s neighbourhood for some 35 years. His particular interests at the moment are the reconfiguration of Russia’s neighbourhood policy since 2000, and the engagement of external states and organizations in the region. He has recently completed a study on the EU’s eastern partnership.

He is the chair of the Board of the Center for Social Sciences in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the secretary of the international board of the Georgian National Science Foundation. He holds a doctorate honoris causa from Tbilisi State University.