Mark Galeotti, PhD

Mark Galeotti is a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague, where he coordinates the Centre for European Security. He is also the director of the consultancy firm Mayak Intelligence. An expert in transnational organized crime, security affairs and modern Russia, Galeotti read history at Cambridge University and took his doctorate in government at the London School of Economics, exploring the impact of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. His wide-ranging professional experience has seen him work with government and law-enforcement agencies including the British Houses of Parliament, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he was an advisor, the US State Department, and Interpol. Galeotti’s academic background includes assignments as Professor of Global Affairs at New York University, head of the history department at Keele University (UK), where he founded the University’s Organized Russian and Eurasian Crime Research Unit, visiting professor at MGIMO (Moscow), Charles University (Prague), and Rutgers (Newark), and visiting fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Oxford University Extra-legal Governance Institute. Galeotti founded the interdisciplinary journal Global Crime and wrote a monthly column on post-Soviet affairs in Jane’s Intelligence Review from 1991 to 2007. He has published widely, with 12 authored and edited books to his name as well as numerous other pieces, from articles in peer-reviewed academic journals to newspaper op-eds.