James Sherr is Associate Fellow (and former Head) of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House and was a member of the Social Studies Faculty of Oxford University until 2012.
He is also a Visiting Fellow of the Razumkov Centre, Kyiv and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Institute of Statecraft. Between 1995 and 2008 he was a Fellow of the Conflict Studies Research Centre of the UK Defence Academy, in 1999-2000 an adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee and between 1983-85 Director of Studies of the Royal United Services Institute. For twenty years, he has advised governments in the UK, NATO, the EU about developments in Russia and Ukraine and for a number of years worked closely with Ukraine on defence and security sector reform.
He is a regular participant in the Harvard JFK School Black Sea and Russia Security programmes and is a member of the Valdai Club. He is the author of Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion: Russia’s Influence Abroad (Chatham House, 2013). Other publications include Ukraine and Europe: Final Decision? (2013), The Mortgaging of Ukraine’s Independence (Chatham House 2010), Russia and the West: A Reassessment (UK Defence Academy 2008), “Hard Power in the Black Sea region: A Dreaded but Crippled Instrument” (2011) and “The Russia-EU Energy Relationship: Getting it Right” (2010).