Dr. Mark Galeotti

Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague

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September 2016 – present: Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations Prague
August 2016 – present: Principal Director, Mayak Intelligence SRO, Prague
September 2016 – present: Adjunct Professor, Charles University, Prague
2016: Visiting Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
2009 – August 2016: Clinical Professor of Global Affairs, SPS Center for Global Affairs, New York University
2007 – 2008: Head of History Department, Keele University
1991 – 2008: Senior Lecturer in Modern and International History, Keele University
1996 – 1997: Senior Research Fellow, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1990 – 1991: Adjunct Instructor, London School of Economics, London and Middlesex University, London


1988 – 1991: PhD in Government (Politics), London School of Economics, London. (PhD: The Impact of Afghan War on the USSR, accepted without revisions)
1987 – 1988: Political Liaison, Lloyd’s of London, London
1984 – 1987: MA History, Robinson College Cambridge University (Trevelyan Prize for History 1987)

 Foreign Research Fellowships, Internships

Visiting Professor: Rutgers – Newark, Charles University Prague, MGIMO Moscow

 Teaching Experience

  • April 2014: Transnational Organised Crime: MA course for MGIMO-University, Moscow
  • 2016 – 2017: Charles University: Intelligence' course, MA in Security Studies
  • 2009 – 2016: NYU (graduate): Transnational Crime; Transnational Security; Authoritarianism, Repression and Corruption; Hard Power: the uses and abuses of military force; Asymmetric Warfare; Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence; National Security Policy Making; Analytic Skills; Corruption and Anti-Corruption; Russia and the World; Global Empires; Prague and Beyond: security and transition in Central Europe (field course); Moscow: security, stress and stability in the new Russia (field course);
  • 2014 – 2016: MGIMO (Moscow): Confronting Transnational Crime
  • 2014 – 2015: Charles University: Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence
  • 2005 – 2006: Rutgers-Newark: Transnational Terrorism; Organized and Transnational Crime
  • 1991 – 2008: Keele University: Russian Organized Crime (graduate); Organized Crime in History; How To Stage A Military Coup; War in History; Modern Russia; Afghanistan: the Soviet Union’s last war; The Italian Renaissance (co-taught); Modern Italy (co-taught); Rus’: medieval Russia (co-taught); Modern History: an introduction


English – Native
Italian – Fluent
French – Good
Russian – Intermediate
Czech – Beginners

 Areas of Interest

Russian domestic and foreign policy
Russian security affairs
Russian and Soviet history
Transnational and organised crime
Intelligence and covert operations
Military and non-military security challenges


  • 2017 – present: Member of the Advisory Council of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement
  • 2010 – present: Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Strategic Security
  • 2004 – present: Member of the Scientific Board of the Journal Of Power Institutions in Post –Soviet Societies
  • 2002 – 2010: Member of the Editorial Board of the Crime & Justice International
  • 2000 – 2002: Member of the Global Forum Advisory Panel of LENS (Law Enforcement & National Security)
  • 1997 – 1999: Memeber of the Royal Institute for International Affairs Steering Group on International Drugs Trade & Organized Crime


  • 2008 – 2007: Global Crime: Managing Editor, Founding Editor and member of the Editorial Board
  • 2006: Jane’s Terrorism & Security Monitor: Transnational Organized Crime Commissioning Editor
  • 1993 – 2005: Boundary & Security Bulletin, Soviet Union Editor
  • 1992 – 2005: Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement: European Editor
  • 1991 – present: Jane's Intelligence Review: Editorial Adviser

Other professional activties

December 2017: One of the judges for the Organised Crime & Corruption Reporting Project '(Corrupt) Person of the Year'

Postgraduate examiner for: Oxford University (DPhil), London University (PhD), Macquarie University (PhD), St Andrews University (MPhil), NYU (MA) and Durham University (MA).

Manuscript reviewer: Harvard University Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and New York University Press.



  • (forthcoming 2017): The Modern Russian Army, 1992 – 2016. London: Osprey.
  • (2016): Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right. Mayak Intelligence. ISBN: 9781365549809.
  • (2015): Spetsnaz: Russia’s special forces. London: Osprey.
  • (2014): Russia’s Chechen Wars. London: Osprey.
  • (2013): Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991. London: Osprey.
  • (2012): Paths of Wickedness and Crime: the underworlds of the Renaissance Italian city. New York: Gonfalone.
  • (2003): Criminal Russia: a sourcebook and course book on 150 years of crime, corruption & policing. Keele: ORECRU.
  • (2002): Russian and Post – Soviet Organized Crime. London: Ashgate.
  • (1997): Gorbachev and his Revolution. Basingstoke, Macmillian. (Elements of this book were republished in: Head, Tom (ed.): People Who Made History: Mikhail Gorbachev. New York: Gale, 2003).
  • (1997): Jane’s Sentinel: Russia. Coulsdon: Jane’s.
  • (1996): Unstable Russia. Coulsdon: Jane’s.
  • (1995): The Age of Anxiety, Security and Politics in Soviet and Post – Soviet Russia. Harlow, Longman Higher Academic. (Translated into Czech as 1998: Čas Úzkosti. Prague: Orbis).
  • (1995): Afghanistan: the Soviet Union’s last war. London: Frank Cass.
  • (1995): The Kremlin’s Agenda. Coulsdon: Jane’s Information Group.

Edited Volumes

  • (ed., 2010): The Politics of Security in Modern Russia. London: Ashgate.
  • (ed., 2009): Organized Crime in History. London: Routledge.
  • (ed., 2005): Global Crime Today: the changing face of organized crime. London: Routledge.
  • (ed., 2002): Putin’s Russia. London: Jane’s.

Chapters in Books

  • (2016): "RepressIntern": Russia's security cooperation with fellow authoritarian. In: Hug, Adam (ed.): No shelter: the harassment of activists abroad by intelligence services from the former Soviet Union. Foreign Policy Centre, London.
  • (2015): The Baltic Intelligence war: hotting up, and back to the Cold War. In: Spruds, Andris (ed.): Riga Conference Papers 2015. Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs.
  • (2015): “Hybrid War” and “Little Green Men” – how it works, and how it doesn’t. In: Sakwa, Richard  – Pikulicka-Wilczewska, Agnieszka (eds): Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives. London: eIR.
  • (2014): Kleptocracies, Warlords and Mafia in Uniform. In: Bunker, Robert J. (ed.): Global Criminal and Sovereign Free Economies and the Demise of the Western Democracies: Dark Renaissance. London: Routledge.
  • (2012): Sino-Russian Border Resolution. In: Elleman, Bruce A. – Kotkin, Stephen – Schofield, Clive (eds.): Beijing's Power and China's Borders: Twenty Neighbors in Asia. Armonk: ME Sharp.
  • (2012): Turkish Organized Crime. In: Siegel, Dina et al. (eds.): Traditional Crime in the Modern World. New York: Springer.
  • (2011): Crime in post-Soviet societies. In: Herzog-Evans, M. (ed.): Transforming Criminology, Vol. I. Olsterwijk: Wolf Legal.
  • (2010): Introduction. In: Galeotti, Mark (ed.): The Politics of Security in Modern Russia. London: Ashgate.
  • (2010): The Security Apparatus: Putin’s praetorians. In: Galeotti, Mark (ed.): The Politics of Security in Modern Russia. London: Ashgate.
  • (2009): Criminal Histories. In: Galeotti, Mark (ed.): Organized Crime in History. London: Routledge.
  • (2009): The World of the Lower Depths: crime and punishment in Russian history. In: Galeotti, Mark (ed.): Organized Crime in History. London: Routledge.
  • (2008): The Criminalization of Russian State Security. In: Bunker, Robert J. (ed.): Criminal States and Criminal-Soldiers. London: Routledge.
  • (2007): Foreword. In: Finckenauer, James O.: Mafia and Organized Crime. Oxford: OneWorld.
  • (2007): Mafia and Organized Crime. In: Clar, David, S. (ed.): Encyclopedia of Law & Society. Thousand Oakes: Sage.
  • (2007): Turkish Organized Crime, Organized Crime, the Russian Military and Nuclear Smuggling; Overview: Organized Crime in Central Asia. In: Shanty, Frank G. (ed.): Organized Crime: From Trafficking to Terrorism (also known as Organized Crime: An International Encyklopedia). Santa Barbara: CA, ABC-CLIO.
  • (2007): Private Security and Public Insecurity: outsourced vigilantism in modern Russia. In: Pratten, David – Sen, Atryee (eds.): Global Vigilantes. New York: Columbia University Press and London: Hurst.
  • (2005): Global Crime Today. In: Galeotti, Mark (ed.): Global Crime Today. London, Routledge.
  • (2005): The Russian Mafia: consolidation and globalization. In: Galeotti, Mark (ed.): Global Crime Today. London, Routledge.
  • (2005): “Brotherhoods” and “Associates”: Chechen networks of crime and resistance. In: Bunker, Robert J. (ed.): Networks, Terrorism & Global Insurgency. London: Frank Cass.
  • (2004): What Implications for Russia’s Development have Securitisation, Crime and Corruption? In: Larsson, Robert (ed.): Whither Russia? Stockholm: FOI.
  • (2003): Special Purpose Forces and Ministry of International Affairs. In: Millar, James R. (ed.): Encyclopedia of Russian History. New York: Gale.
  • (2002): The Challenge of Soft Security: crime, corruption and chaos. In: Cottey, Andrew – Averre, Derek (eds.): New Security Challenges in Postcommunist Europe. Manchester, Manchester University Press.
  • (2002): Transnational Organized Crime: law enforcement as a global battlespace. In: Bunker, Robert J. (ed.): Non-State Threats and Future Wars. London: Frank Cass.
  • (2002): Putin and his Russia. In: Galeotti, Mark: (ed.): Putin’s Russia. London, Jane’s.
  • (2002): Crime, Chaos and Control. In: Galeotti, Mark: (ed.): Putin’s Russia. London, Jane’s.
  • (2002): Putin’s Russia: an afterword. In: Galeotti, Mark: (ed.): Putin’s Russia. London, Jane’s.
  • (2002): Introduction. In: Galeotti, Mark: (ed.): Putin’s Russia. London, Jane’s.
  • (2001): Underworld and upperworld: organized crime and global society. In: Josselin, Daphné – Wallace, William (eds.): Non-State Actors in World Politics. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • (2001): Stealing the Millennium: the Growing Challenge of Organized and Transnational Crime. In: LENS Report 2001. London: Lens.
  • (2000): The Russian Mafiya: economic penetration at home and abroad. In: Ledeneva, Alena V. – Kurkchiyan, Marina (eds.): Economic Crime in Russia. Amsterdam: Kluwer.
  • (2000):  Who’s the boss: us or the law? The corrupt art of ruling Russia. In: Lovell, S. – Rogachevskii, A. – Ledeneva, A.(eds.): Bribery and Blat in Russia. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • (2000): The Power Ministries and Russian Foreign Policy. In: Godzimirski, Jakub M. (ed.): New and Old Actors in Russian Foreign Policy. Oslo, NUPI.
  • (2000): Crime, corruption and the law. In: Bowker, Mike – Ross,Cameron (eds.): Russia after the Cold War. Harlow, Longman.
  • (1999): The “Russian Mafiya” and Europe’s narcotics problem. In: Interpol and Technology in Partnership: fighting drug trafficking. London: Interpol/National Criminal Intelligence Service.
  • (1997): Organized Crime in the Former Soviet Union: roots, resources and responses. In: OSCE. A need for cooperation. Copenhagen: Danish UN Association.
  • (1996): Russia and her neighbours: partner, threat or problem? In: Defence ’96. Coulsdon, Jane’s.
  • (1995): Russia and Eurasia: Out – of Area operations and Peacekeeping. In: Hall, R.(ed.): The World in Conflict. Coulsdon, Jane’s.

Articles in Peer – Reviewed Journals

  • (2017): Why Does Nobody Want to Join Russia in the Nineteenth Century? New Perspectives, Vol. 25 No.3, 3-7.
  • (2016): Solidarity, Securitisation, and Europe in an Age of Hybrid Threats.Central European Political Science Review. Quarterly of Central European Political Science Alliance. Volume: 17. Number: 66. (Winter 2016) ISSN: 1586-4197 / 977158649005.
  • (2016): The Plaintive Voice of Russia’s Embattled Foreign Policy Establishment. New Perspectives, Vol. 24, No. 1.
  • (2016): Hybrid, ambiguous and non – linear? How new is Russia’s new war? Small Wars, Vol. 27, No. 2.
  • (2016): Securitizing Narcotics: the Politics and Prospects of Russian Counterdrug Policies. Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, 8.
  • Galeotti, Mark – Bowen, Andrew (2014): Latvia and Money Laundering: An Examination of Regulatory and Institutional Effectiveness in Combating Money Laundering. Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, Vol.8, No. 4.
  • (2014): In Russia, comandano i siloviki. Limes: rivista Italiana di geopolitica.
  • (2012): Purges, Power and Purpose: Medvedev's 2011 police reforms. Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, No. 13.
  • (2011): Crime, Trafficking and Local and Global Solutions. Perspectives on Politics.
  • (2011): Digging out a history of organized crime. Law, Crime & History, Vol.1, No. 1.
  • (2010): Litvinenko, Aleksandr Valtervich. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • (2008): Criminal Histories. Global Crime, Vol. 9. No. 1-2.
  • (2008): The World of Lower Depths: crime and punishment in Russian history. Global Crime, Vol. 9. No. 1-2.
  • (2006): Forward to the Past: Organized Crime and Cuba’s History, Present and Future. Trends in Organized Crime, Vol. 9, No. 3.
  • (2005): The Transdnistrian Connection: Big Problems for Small Pseudo – State. Global Crime, Vol. 6, No. 3-4.
  • (2004): The Russian Mafia: consolidation and globalization. Global Crime, Vol. 6, No. 1.
  • (2002): Transnational Organized Crime: law enforcement as a global battlespace. Small Wars & Insurgencies, Vol 13., No. 2.
  • (2002): “Brotherhoods” and “Associates”: Chechen networks of crime and resistence. Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement, Vol. 11, No. 2-3.
  • (2000): Turkish organized crime: where state, crime and rebellion conspire. Transnational Organized Crime,  Vol. 4, No. 1.
  • (1998): The Mafiya and the New Russia. Australian Journal of Politics & History, Vol. 44, No. 3.
  • (1995): Moscow Rules: reading between the lines about crime in Russia. Slovo 8.
  • (1993): Russian Police and Security Apparatus in the 1980s and the 1990s. Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement 2.
  • (1993): Perestroika, Perestrelka, Pereborka: policing Russia in a time of change. Europe – Asia Studies, Vol. 45, No. 5.
  • (1992): Organized Crime in Moscow and Russian National Security.  Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement 1.
  • (1990): Baku, January 1990 – an exercise in desperation. Slovo 3.

Other Scholarly Pieces

 Columns and Selected Media Appearances

Mark Galeotti is a regular interviewee and commentator on radio and TV, including MSNBC, CBC, Bloomberg TV, NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC 1, RT, Deutsche Welle, Arise TV, Al-Jazeera, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, Canadian Broad-casting, Voice of America, Voice of Russia, NTV, RFE/RL, Hromadske, Discovery Channel, Channel 4, BSkyB and ČT1 (Czech).




 Conferences and Seminars

  • Russian organised crime in the global underworld. Video presentation to Mob Museum (USA), 12. 1. 2018.
  • McMafia: the Reality. University College London event, 7. 2. 2018. Livestreamed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2LF5lZI2VA
  • Lecture: The Challenge of 'Fake News' and the Security of Latvia in the 21st Century'. Latvian Presidential Discussion, 6. 12. 2017.
  • Speaker on Panel: Ukraine's Security. 6th Tiger Conference, Kyiv, 5. 12. 2017.
  • Understanding Contemporary Conflict Beyond Hybrid Warfare. Prague Insecurity Conference, 1. 12. 2017.
  • Lecture: Russian Foreign Policy. Parliament, Oslo, 27. 11. 2017.
  • 'Professor in the Pub' informal talk on hybrid war. Anglo-American University, 23. 11. 2017.
  • Russian intelligence services and hybrid war. Lecture at UK Delegation, NATO, Brussels, 16. 11. 2017.
  • Trust in the Cadres. Victims of Communism Centenary Commemoration conference, Washington DC, 9. 11. 2017.
  • Whither Putin's Russia. US State Department, Washington DC, 8. 11. 2017.
  • Russian propaganda. Prague Media Point Conference, 4. 11. 2017.
  • The Control of Russian Proxy Instruments. Online keynote speech. Canadian Royal Military College 2017 Adversarial Intent Conference, 10. 10. 2017.
  • Russia from Within (Panelist), Forum 2000, Prague, 9. 10. 2017.
  • Russia and Euro-Atlantic Security. Address to NATO Parliamentary Assembly Political Committee, Bucharest, 7. 10. 2017.
  • Russian Information Warfare. Address to NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Civil Dimensions of Security, Bucharest, 7. 10. 2017.
  • Make Russia Great Again: Putin's foreign policy. Lecture to visiting US State Senators, Prague, 16. 9. 2017.
  • IIR Security Breakfast, 25. 8. 2017.
  • Lecture: 'Russian Influence in Europe'. Charles University GPS Summer School, 13. 7. 2017.
  • The Uncertain Future of EU-Russia Relations. Prague European Summit, 13. 6. 2017.
  • Presentation: 'Russian Nuclear Policy' to workshop organised by Czech MOD, Vienna, 28. 4. 2017.
  • 'Putin and the "Russian Threat to the West'"'. Talk at Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Comenius University, Bratislava, 20. 4. 2017.
  • Respondent: The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting. Institute of International Relations Prague, 21. 4. 2017.
  • Breakfast with Mark Galeotti'. Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Groups, Moscow, 6. 4. 2017.
  • Presentation on Russian hybrid war to closed expert meeting at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, 6. 3. 2017.
  • Public debate on Russian policies and threats hosted by the ECFR, Sofia, 6. 3. 2017.
  • Silovik Stockholm Syndrome: Russia's security agencies as drivers, beneficiaries, and victims of Putinism. IFRI (France), 21. 2. 2017.
  • Russian "heavy metal diplomacy" . ECFR presentation, Warsaw, 3. 2. 2017.
  • Lecture to Academy of Young Diplomats: 'Europe after the annexation of Crimea'. AYD, Warsaw, 3. 2. 2017.
  • Russian hybrid war. OSW, Warsaw, 2. 2. 2017.
  • Breakfast with journalists. IIR Prague, 1. 2. 2017.
  • Russia’s ‘Hybrid War’: What Does it Really Mean, And How Should the West Respond? Mirror Hall, Czernin Palace of the MFA, 10. 1. 2017.
  • Participation in SWP-DGO round table on Russia and Germany, Berlin, 13. 12. 2016.
  • Tools of Control and Repression,' SWP-ZOiS Conference, Berlin, 12. 12. 2016.
  • Public lecture 'The Threat from Russian organised crime'. Estonian Interior Ministry, 24. 11. 2016.
  • Classes taught at Estonian Academy for Security Sciences, 24. 11. - 25. 11. 2016.
  • Russia: Global Colossus with Feet of Clay? Warsaw Security Forum, Warsaw, 26.-28. 9. 2016.
  • Putin's "War with the West": real? a threat? a real threat?, lecture at Colgate University, USA, 17. 10. 2016.
  • Closed Nuclear Threat Initiative Workshop on nuclear security in Russia, 14. 10. 2016.
  • Russia 2036: Still a Prisoner of Its History? Jak bude vypadat Evropa a svět za dvacet let. Ústav mezinárodních vztahů. 9. 11. 2016.
    Briefings on report ‘Putin’s Hydra’ on Russia’s intelligence services to:
    • Institute of International Relations Prague (May 2016)
    • Estonian security officials (Tallinn, May 2016)
    • Finnish security officials (Helsinki, May 2016)
    • EU INTCEN and External Action Service (Brussels, June 2016).
  • The Changing Nature of Global Crime and the Opportunities for Deeper US-Russian Cooperation Against It. Spaso House Talk (hosted by US Ambassador to Russia), February 2016.
  • Russian Hybrid War. Riga Conference 2015, Riga, November 2015.
  • Crime, Kleptocracy, and Politics: Developments in Modern Russia. Hudson Institute Kleptocracy Initiative, Washington DC, October 2015
  • The Rise and (Apparent) Fall of the Russian Mafia. MIT, Boston, February 2015
  • Russia’s Spetsnaz and Non-Conventional Operations. ‘The USMC and “Ambiguous Warfare”’ workshop, Washington DC, February 2015
  • Hybrid, Ambiguous and Non-Linear: How new is Russia’s “new way of war”? Glasgow University, June 2015
  • Narcotics and Nationalism: Russia’s drug policies and futures. Brookings Institution, Washington DC, October 2014
  • From the Kremlin to Kyiv: The Role of Russian Security and Intelligence Services. Chatham House, London, June 2014
  • The Evolution of the Russian Vorovskoi Mir. Europol, October 2013
  • Benya Krik's uncles, Ostap Bender's aunts: a genealogy of Russian organized crime. New York University, April 2011
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People: Eurasian organized crime’s diversification, penetration and legitimation, FBI Workshop on Eurasian Organized Crime. Los Angeles, July 2010.
  • Reforming the State Security Sector and the problem of Organized Crime, Democratic Governance in the Security Sector. STARLINK Conference, The Hague, December 2007.
  • Who’s Next? What coping with the ‘Wild East’ has taught us about identifying future threats. Tackling Organised Crime in Partnership conference, London, October 2004
  • Failed States, Organised Crime and Diffuse Threats. European Commission workshop on the Solana European Union strategy document, Rome, October 2003
  • The Russian Mafiya, keynote address. 2nd National Criminal Intelligence Service International Conference for Criminal Analysts, London, March 1999
  • Should we be Worried about the Russian Mafiya? Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, October 1998
  • ‘Real Crimes for Real Criminals’:  the Russian mafiya and international economic crime. 16th International Symposium on Economic Crime workshop, Cambridge, September 1998.
  • Cops, Spies and Private Eyes: the historical patterns of Russian policing. ‘Good Order is the Foundation of All Things’: crime and policing in modern Europe conference, Keele, September 1994.