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Dr. Irina Isakova is a freelance analyst and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London; monthly contributor to the business consultancy Oxford Analytica, Ltd.; member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Chatham House; and a Salzburg Seminar Alumna. She served as a Specialist Adviser on Russia and the former Soviet Union to the House of Commons Defence Committee (2000-05) and as a foreign policy expert at the Foreign Affairs Committee, Russian Federation Council (1994-99). Before conducting research at RUSI, Dr. Isakova was a Research Fellow at King's College London; Research Associate at the IISS, London; Head of Section at the Institute of the USA and Canada Studies, Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Moscow; and Director of International Programs at the Russian Science Foundation. She was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC; Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics; and member of the Aspen Institute (Berlin) working group on East-West relations (1989-93). She held the UK Defence Diplomacy Fellowship (1999-2002); the NATO-EAPC Fellowship (1998-2000), and a Ford Foundation grant (2000-01). Dr. Isakova testified at the Helsinki Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the U.S. Congress, May 1994; at the Joint Hearings of the Committees on Foreign Affairs of the State Duma and Federal Council on the Russian–Ukrainian relations (July 1994), and Belarus-Russian relations (January 1995). She was a member of the inter-Parliamentary working group, RF Parliament, on the evaluation of the Russian national security concept (1995). Dr. Isakova has written widely on a range of topics related to Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Baltic States, NATO, and EU enlargement; U.S. foreign policy; and European and regional security issues. Her latest publications are Russian Governance in the Twenty-First Century: Geo-strategy, Geopolitics and Governance (Frank Cass: London & New York, 2005) and Regionalization of Security in Russia (Whitehall Paper No. 53, RUSI, 2001. Dr. Isakova received an M.A. from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in History from ISKRAN, Russian Academy of Sciences.
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Authored by Dr. Irina Isakova.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the topic of Russian defense policy has not received great attention. The rebuilding of Russian military strength is a high priority of President Vladimir Putin, and one to which he and his subordinates have devoted considerable time and resources. Therefore, inattention to Russian defense policy is unwise and even dangerous because it causes us to overlook potentially major changes not only in Russian policy, but in international affairs more generally.