CSRC MembersCSRC unites a broad range of highly experienced area specialists and subject matter experts, some of whom prefer not to advertise their areas of expertise on open-source websites. The profiles below cover a small selection of our core members; for enquiries about accessing the broader CSRC network for specific areas of interest, please contact us using the link above.
Keir Giles spent the early 1990s in business in the former USSR, including co-founding the first company providing Western pilots with the opportunity to fly Soviet military aircraft. With the BBC Monitoring Service (BBCM), he reported on political and economic affairs in the former Soviet Union for UK government customers. As well as BBC broadcast experience, Keir wrote for several years as a Russia correspondent for UK aviation journals. Other professional experience in Russia included a period with Ernst & Young analysing and reporting on intricate and constantly shifting Russian tax law.
While attached to the UK Defence Academy's Research and Assessment Branch (R&AB), Keir Giles wrote and briefed for UK and overseas government and academic customers on Russian military, defence and security issues, Russia's relations with NATO and with its neighbours in Northern Europe, and human factors affecting decision-making in Russia.
Areas of expertise
- Security of Russia's neighbours
- Nordic, Baltic and Arctic security issues
- Russian military capability, intentions and doctrine
- Russian (fluent)
- French, Belarusian, Ukrainian (working knowledge)
Dr El-Katiri is a legal consultant with a strong background in economics
and international trade. He operates as a freelance consultant on Moroccan
law, and has researched and written extensively on economic and political
aspects of the Middle East. His main areas of expertise include energy and
food security, international trade and investment flows, and Euro-Mediterranean
During his work with the UK Defence Academy, Mohammed regularly briefed senior officers and worked with numerous Arab media outlets, providing analysis and assessment supporting UK interests.
Mohammed holds a PhD in International Trade from the University of Exeter and a Masters in International Law from the University of Seville.
Areas of expertise
- Economic and political development of the Gulf and North Africa
- Energy security and food security
- Sovereign Wealth Funds
- International trade relations
- Euro-Mediterranean Relations
- Arab media
- Arabic (native)
- French (fluent)
- Spanish (fluent)
Dr Shima Keene is an internationally recognised expert in the field of economic crime and broader issues relating to national and international security. She is a Subject Matter Expert and Advisor to various UK and US government departments and the military, as well as law enforcement agencies and the private sector, and has considerable international experience working with and advising numerous organisations including NATO, the OSCE and the Council of Europe.
Shima began her career as a corporate financier and strategist in the City of London and has 14 years' experience in the field of financial and economic analysis, M&A, project finance and management (E&ME/project/change/BPR). She is also a former soldier with 7 years' service including attachments to 10 Coy 4th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment as Company Medic.
Dr Keene was based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham between 2004 and 2009 as Senior Research Fellow and Advisor to the Advanced Research and Assessments Group as well as Director of Security Technology at Cranfield University, Defence College of Management and Technology. Dr Keene alsoserved as Special Advisor to the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall between 2009 and 2010.
Dr Keene holds a PhD in International Criminal Law, an MPhil in Defence Management
and Security Analysis and a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies. Dr Keene's expertise
includes counter terrorism; counter insurgency operations; stabilisation of
conflict affected and fragile states; economic crime including terrorist finance;
money laundering, cyber crime and fraud; asymmetric warfare and security risk
Areas of expertise
- Counter-terrorism and Threat Finance
- Counter insurgency
- Counter narcotics
- Maritime Piracy
- Economic and Cyber Crime
- Japanese (Native - spoken only)
- French (limited)
Charles Blandy followed a 28-year career with the British Army with an analytical and advisory role with the original Soviet Studies Research Centre, specialising in artillery and sustainability within the Soviet armed forces. Charles went on to develop deep expertise on the volatile North and South Caucasus regions, and the implications of ethnic confrontation for the wider region and particularly for energy security.
One of Charles's most celebrated recent analytical papers noted Russian activity in disputed regions of Georgia as characteristic of preparations for military action; the paper was published three weeks before the Russian-Georgian war of August 2008.