James Sherr is Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. Between 1995 and May 2008, he was a Fellow of the Advanced Research and Assessment Group (formerly Conflict Studies Research Centre) of the Defence Academy. He is also a member of the Faculty of Social Studies of Oxford University. Over the past ten years, he has been a consultant to NATO on Ukraine and regularly advises the British government and parliament as well as others inside NATO about Russia and security problems in the Black Sea region. In Ukraine, he collaborates closely with official bodies and NGOs and is a regular contributor to Zerkalo Nedeli and Den’. He has spoken at the NATO-Russia Council and delivered papers at the first and second official NATO-Russia workshops in Moscow. He is a frequent contributor to Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and has published in the journal, Russia in Global Affairs, most recently in April 2008. In addition, he is a regular participant in Wilton Park conferences on Russia, Ukraine and NATO, the Harvard Russia Security Programme, the Harvard Black Sea Security Programme and the workshops and seminars of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.