John Lough is an Associate Fellow of the Russia & Eurasia Programme at Chatham House (since 2009) and a regular commentator on Russian affairs.
He runs the Russia/CIS practice of Gabara Strategies, a public affairs and strategic consulting firm based in London. He joined in 2008 from TNK-BP, Russia’s third largest oil company, where he spent over four years as an international affairs adviser working on a wide range of reputation building activities and new business development projects. In his previous position (2001-2003) he was Managing Director of the London office of The PBN Company, a strategic communications consultancy focused on Russia/CIS and the Baltic States.
Prior to PBN, he spent six years with NATO (1995-2001) managing information programmes aimed at Central and Eastern Europe, including a posting to Moscow where he set up NATO’s Information Office in Russia and became the first Alliance official to be permanently based in Russia (1995-1998). During this time, he developed media and public affairs programmes designed to contribute to better understanding of NATO and its policies in Russian society and was NATO’s spokesman in Russia.
Before joining NATO, he was a senior lecturer at the Soviet Studies (later Conflict Studies) Research Centre in the UK, writing on a wide range of defence, security and foreign policy issues related to the former Soviet Union.
He studied German and Russian Literature at Cambridge University before going to the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center to receive a diploma in international relations.
Co-chair in EU and Russia in the World working group