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Natia Seskuria is an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. She also serves at the Office of the National Security Council of Georgia and is a lecturer in Russian Politics. She has a broad experience in policy-making, strategic foresight and provides analysis on defence and security issues.
Natia’s research focuses on Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, in particular Russia’s relations with its neighbours, strategic approach to occupied regions, relations with the West and the use of active measures. She also specialises in conflicts and security in the South Caucasus and the Black Sea region.
Natia is also a Black Sea Fellow at the Middle East Institute (MEI) and a member of the Panel of Young Advisers at Chatham House. Prior to her current roles, she served at the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, worked for the Foreign Editor of The Sunday Times of London, and in the International Security Studies Department at RUSI, where her work focused on security dynamics in Russia and Eurasia. She writes on regional conflicts and security and regularly contributes to RUSI’s publications. Additionally, Natia has acted as an independent consultant in London, advising private sector companies on political, strategic and operational risks.
Natia holds an MA in Politics, Security and Integration and a BA (Hons) in Politics and East European Studies from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London (UCL). She speaks seven languages including fluent French, Russian, English and Georgian.