Breaking the Ice – Russia and the West in 2019

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Our next Under 35's Forum event will be a round table briefing followed by discussion led by RUSI's Russia and Eurasia Research Fellow, Emily Ferris


This RUSI Under35's Forum event will explore the increasingly complex relationship between Russia and the West, including the state of the current relationship and how and if this could be improved.

RUSI Research Fellow Emily Ferris will outline how the relationship between Russia and the West has reached rock-bottom and explore the steps required for rapprochment. This roundtable event will offer RUSI Under 35's Forum Membrs a chance to engage with the latest RUSI thinking on the matter.

Speaker Biography

Emily Ferris is a Research Fellow in the International Security Studies department at RUSI, specialising in Russia and Eurasia’s foreign policy. Emily has a particular interest in Russian organised crime, Russia’s foreign policy toward the West and the Far East, as well as the conflict in eastern Ukraine. She also researches political and security processes in Moldova and Belarus.

Before joining RUSI in 2018, Emily worked at Control Risks -  a London consultancy firm - as a Russian security and politics analyst, advising clients conducting business in Russia and other Eastern European countries. She has worked and travelled extensively across Russia.

She holds a BA in Russian from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Organised Crime and Terrorism from University College London, where she specialised in Russian organised crime. She speaks Russian and Hebrew and has a good working knowledge of German.


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