Keir Giles

Keir Giles is a Senior Consulting Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme of Chatham House in London. He also works with the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group of subject matter experts in Eurasian security headquartered in the UK.

Keir first joined CSRC at the UK Defence Academy in 2005 on secondment from the BBC Monitoring Service. At the Defence Academy, Keir wrote and advised for UK and international government customers on Russian strategy and doctrine, the Russian view of cyber and information security, and Russia’s relations with its immediate neighbours in Northern Europe.

After the Defence Academy’s Russia-related research programmes were closed down in April 2010, Keir brought key team members into the private sector to re-establish CSRC as an independent provider of research and expertise on human factors affecting Russian military, defence and security issues. Keir now oversees the bespoke research programme of the new, independent CSRC, while continuing to write and publish on his own specialist area of Russian approaches to conventional, cyber and information warfare.

Keir has been involved with exploitation of the internet for almost three decades, and has combined technical cyber and network training with in-depth study of the Russian approaches to exercise of power to develop analysis of the Russian concept of information warfare, including the subdomain of cyber conflict. He is the author of groundbreaking studies on Russian theory, doctrine, and structures for engaging in information and cyber confrontation.

Keir Giles is also the author of “Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West” (Brookings, January 2019), an examination of the persistent factors causing relations with Russia to fall into crisis. His next book, “Russia’s War on Everybody” (Bloomsbury, 2022) examines the human impact of Russia’s covert warfare waged against the West.

As a hobby, Keir has taught human anatomy and physiology and established a successful business delivering training and supplies for complementary therapists. He is a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine and the winner of a shared Gold Sony Award for radio journalism. His publications are available at