• Middle East Peace Process
• European Union, Central and Eastern Europe
• Transatlantic relations
Robin Shepherd, Director of International Affairs, has held senior fellowships at some of the world's most prestigious public policy institutes since leaving international journalism in 2003 when his last position was Moscow Bureau Chief for The Times of London. Shepherd entered the think tank world in 2003 with a public policy fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Institute for Scholars in Washington D.C. where he focused his attention on the dual expansions of NATO and the EU and their impact on transatlantic relations. Subsequently he became an adjunct fellow of the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies. Based in central Europe he wrote widely for international media and journals, focusing on transatlantic relations, Russia and relations with the Middle East. In 2006 he was appointed as a senior transatlantic fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), also based in central Europe. He returned to London and joined Chatham House in June 2007 where he ran the Europe programme. Shepherd is widely quoted in the international media and writes commentaries for a variety of publications. He speaks Russian, Slovak, Czech and French. He studied Russian at the University of London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies and took a masters in political theory from the London School of Economics.