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Mr. Keir Giles is the director of a new Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC) re-established independently of the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence but continues to provide analysis on both internal Russian political and economic dynamics and security relations with Russia’s overseas partners. After beginning his career working with paramilitary aviation in the former Soviet Union and Ukraine immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union, he joined the BBC Monitoring Service (BBCM) to report on political and military affairs in the former Soviet space. While attached to the CSRC, Mr. Giles wrote and briefed for UK and North Atlantic Treaty Organization government agencies on a wide range of Russian defense and security issues. He is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, UK, and a regular contributor to research projects on Russian security issues in both the UK and Europe.
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Russia is intensifying its engagement with Southern Africa to meet both foreign policy and long-term economic objectives. This presents both potential opportunities and challenges for U.S. policy in the region - especially in those states where a preference for U.S. presence and influence is not axiomatic.