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Dr Andrew Monaghan is the Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security at the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre at Pembroke College. He is also a Senior Associate of Pembroke College and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham. Additionally, he is Commissioning Editor of the NATO Defence College's Russian Studies series.

He has previously held positions as Senior Research Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House (2013-April 2017) and leading the Russia related research in the Research Division of the NDC (2006-2012). In this role, he was also the NDC’s senior researcher on energy security matters. Additionally, he was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the INSS in the National Defence University, Washington, D.C. from 2016-2017. He has also served as an expert witness to several parliamentary committees including the UK’s National Security Strategy Committee, the House of Commons Defence and Foreign Affairs Select Committees, and NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly.

He is widely published, and is the author of the books Power in Modern Russia: Strategy and Mobilisation, (MUP, 2017), The New Politics of Russia – Interpreting Change (MUP, 2016) and The Elements of Impact. Making Your Point in Public Speaking and Writing (2015). His new book, Dealing with the Russians, will be published by Polity in April 2019. He received his PhD in Russian foreign policy (Russian perspectives of Russia-EU security relations) from the Department of War Studies, King’s College, from where he also obtained an MA in War Studies, graduating with the Simon O’Dwyer Russell prize.


Books and edited volumes

  • Power in Modern Russia: Strategy and Mobilisation. Manchester University Press: September 2017.

  • The New Politics of Russia: Interpreting Change. Manchester University Press: 2016.

  • The Elements of Impact. Making Your Point in Public Speaking and Writing. Oxford: Conflict Studies Research Centre, 2015.

  • Editor, The Indivisibility of Security: Russia and Euro-Atlantic Security. Forum Paper No.13. Rome: NATO Defence College, January 2010

    • Author of introductory chapter

  • Co-Editor, with Guseinov, V. Velikobritaniya i Rossiya [Great Britain and Russia] Moscow: ISOA, 2008. Editor of English language versions

    • The UK and Russia – A Troubled Partnership. Part I. Conflict Studies Research Centre Paper 07/17, Swindon: CSRC, May 2007

    • The UK and Russia – A Troubled Partnership. Part II. Rome: NATO Defence College, 2009

    • Author of Introductory chapter “The UK & Russia – a Divergent Relationship”


Academic and other peer-reviewed publications

  • Preparing for War? Moscow Facing an Arc of Crisis, Letort Paper, US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, December 2016

  • Russian State Mobilization: Moving the Country onto a War Footing, Chatham House Research Paper, May 2016.

  • The ‘War’ in Russia’s ‘Hybrid Warfare’”, Parameters, 45:4, Winter 2015-16.

  • A “New Cold War”? Abusing History, Misunderstanding Russia, Chatham House Research Paper, May 2015.

  • Defibrillating the Vertikal: Putin and Russian Grand Strategy, Chatham House Research Paper, October 2014

  • “Putin’s Russia: shaping a grand strategy?”, International Affairs (London), Vol. 89, No.5, September 2013

  • The End of the Putin Era?, Carnegie Paper, July 2012

  • ‘The Vertikal: Power and authority Russia’, International Affairs (London), Vol. 88, No.1, January 2012

  • ‘Uzbekistan: Central Asian Energy Key’, in Delleker, A. & T. Gomart (Eds.) Russian Energy Security and Foreign Policy. London: Routledge, 2011

  • ‘"Medvedev's Modernisation: Towards a Russian Strategy?"’, in Schnaubelt, C. (Ed.) Towards a Comprehensive Approach: Strategic and Operational Challenges. NDC Forum Paper 18. Rome: NDC, May 2011

  • “The Moscow Metro Bombings”, NDC Research Paper, No.59, June 2010

  • ‘Velikobritaniya-Rossiya – v raznie storonie’, Russkiy Sbornik, Vol. 9. Moscow: Regnum, 2010

  • ‘An “Enemy at the Gates” or “From Victory to Victory”? Russian Foreign Policy’, International Affairs (London), Vol.84, No.4, 2008

  • ‘Russian Energy Diplomacy: a Political Idea Without a Strategy?’, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Vol.7, No.2, 2007

  • ‘Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better’: EU Russia Relations, Defence and Security Studies Series, No. 2, Norwegian Institute for Security Studies, May 2007

  • ‘“Calmly Critical”: Evolving Russian Views of US Hegemony’, Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol.29, No.6, December 06

Specialist & public policy articles

  • “Russia Wants the West to Learn to Agree”, Chatham House Expert Comment, 21 December 2016.

  • “What to Know About Russia’s Parliamentary Elections”, Chatham House Expert Comment, 12 September 2016.

  • “Putin’s Removal of Ivanov as Chief of Staff is More About Rejuvenation”, Chatham House Expert Comment, 15 August 2016.

  • “No Going Back to Business as Usual for NATO and Russia”, Chatham House Expert Comment, 25 April 2016.

  • “Mobilizovannie i prizvannie. Duga kriziza i otvet Rossii”, Russia in Global Affairs, 24 November 2015.

  • “US Should Resist Calls to Arm Ukraine”, Chatham House Expert Comment, 23 July 2015.

  • “West Must Get Real – There is No New Cold War”, The Moscow Times, 8 June 2015.

  • “Strategic Implications of the Evolving Shanghai Cooperation Organisation”, (Co-authored with Henry Plater-Zyberk), The Letort Papers, US Army War College Press: Strategic Studies Institute, August 2014

  • “NATO and the crisis in Ukraine”, The European Leadership Network Comment, August 2014

  • “European Missile Defence and Russia”, (Co-authored with Keir Giles), The Letort Papers, US Army War College Press: Strategic Studies Institute, July 2014

  • “The Ukraine crisis and NATO-Russia relations”, NATO Review, July 2014.

  • “Russian Military Transformation – Goal in Sight?” (Co-authored with Keir Giles), The Letort Papers, US Army War College Press: Strategic Studies Institute, May 2014

  • “Shakeup highlights Putin’s internal challenges”, Chatham House Expert Comment, May 2014

  • “Another face off with Russia is coming”, Chatham House Expert Comment, May 2014

  • “Russia’s day of elections: putting the politics back?”, Chatham House Expert Comment, September 2013

  • “The UK and Russia: towards a new relationship?”, Russian Analytical Digest, No.130, July 2013

  • “Putin and the slow dance of change”, The World Today, June 2013,

  • “Vladislav Surkov and the Russian Government: a Parting of Ways”, Chatham House Expert Comment, May 2013

  • “Russian Foreign Policy: Evolving Continuity”, Chatham House Programme Paper, April 2013

  • “The Trial of Alexei Navalniy”, Chatham House Expert Comment, April 2013

  • “Putin’s Political Crisis?”, Chatham House Expert Comment, February 2013

  • “NATO-Russia: Resuscitating the partnership”, NATO Review, No.5, July 2011

  • “Russia in NATO’s Strategic Concept”, Internationale Politik-GE, 03/2011

  • “From Lisbon to Munich: Russian Views of NATO-Russia Relations”, NDC Research Report, February 2011

  • “Russland, vorwärts!”, Internationale Politik, No. 5, September/October 2010

  • “Natan Dubovitsky’s ‘Okolonolia [Gangsta fiction]’”, NDC Review Series, October 2009

  • “Russian Foreign and Security Policy – a Strategic Overhaul?”, Panorama, No.2, 2009

  • ‘At the Table or on the Menu? Russia’s Proposals for Strategic Reform’, NDC Report, June 2009

  • ‘Russia’s “Big Idea”: “Helsinki 2” and the Medvedev Proposals, NDC Report, December 2008

  • ‘Politics Without Strategy: Decision Making in Russia’, NDC Report, October 2008

  • Stakhanov to the Rescue? Russian Coal and the Troubled Emergence of a Russian Energy Strategy, Advanced Research and Assessment Group paper, 07/34. Swindon: ARAG, 11/2007

  • Russia and the Security of Europe’s Energy Supplies: Security in Diversity? Conflict Studies Research Paper 07/01, Swindon: CSRC, 01/2007

  • Russian Oil and the EU’s Energy Security, Conflict Studies Research Centre, Document 05/65, 11/2005

  • Russian Perspectives of Russia-EU Security Relations, Conflict Studies Research Centre, Document 05/38, 08/2005

 Recent book reviews

  • Times Literary Supplement, “Huge Collective Mind”, 23 December 2016.

  • Changing Character of War programme, Pembroke College, Oxford, 14 December 2016, Schoen, D. “Putin’s Master Plan to Destroy Europe, Divide NATO and Restore Russian Power and Global Influence”, London, Encounter books, 2016.

  • Changing Character of War programme, Pembroke College, Oxford, 5 September 2016, Horvath, R. “Putin’s Preventive Counter Revolution. Post-Soviet Authoritarianism and the Spectre of Velvet Revolution”, London, Routledge, 2013.

  • Changing Character of War programme, Pembroke College, Oxford, 10 June 2016, Shirreff, R. “2017: War with Russia. An Urgent Warning from Senior Military Command”, London, Coronet, 2016.

  • International Affairs, Review, November 2015: Shore, Z. “The Sense of the Enemy. The High Stakes History of Reading Your Rival’s Mind”, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014.

  • International Affairs, Review, July 2015: Zimmerman, W. “Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin”, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

  • International Affairs, Review, March 2015: van Herpen, M. “Putin’s Wars the Rise of Russia’s New Imperialism”, Plymouth: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.

  • International Affairs, Review, January 2015: Stent. A. “The Limits of Partnership. U.S.-Russia Relations”, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

  • International Affairs, Review, November 2014: Howard, C. & R. Pukhov, “Brothers Armed. Military Aspects of the Crisis in Ukraine”, Minneapolis: Eastview, 2014.

  • International Affairs, Review, July 2014: Remington, T. “Presidential Decrees in Russia: a Comparative Perspective”, Cambridge: CUP: 2014.

  • International Affairs, Review, March 2014: Lipman, M. & N. Petrov, “Russia 2025: Scenarios for the Russian Future”, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

  • International Affairs, Review, January 2014: Strachan, H. “The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective”, Cambridge: CUP, 2013.

  • Times Literary Supplement, “No place for the well intentioned”, No. 5771, 8 November 2013

  • International Affairs, Review, November 2013: Gray, C. “The Strategy Bridge: theory for practice”, Oxford: OUP, 2010; Idem, “Perspectives on strategy”. Oxford: OUP, 2013.

  • International Affairs, Review, May 2013: Hill, F. & C. Gaddy, “Mr. Putin. Operative in the Kremlin”. Brookings Institute, 2012

  • International Affairs, Review, May 2013: Voronkov, K. “Alexei Navalniy: Groza zhulikov i vorov”. Moscow: Eksmo, 2011


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