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Dr Vera Michlin-Shapir

Visiting Research Fellow King’s Russia Institute


Dr Michlin-Shapir is an expert on Russian foreign and defence policies, focusing on its state-backed influence activities. She is director of education at the Sympodium Institute for Strategic Communications.

Previously, she was a lecturer in strategic communications.

In 2016-2020, she was a research fellow at the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies, where she wrote on Russia's military and political involvement in the Middle East and Russian information campaigns. In 2010-2015, she worked at the National Security Council, prime minister's office.

She wrote her PhD dissertation at Tel Aviv University. Her thesis underlined the profound and often overlooked impact of globalisation on Russian national identity.

Research interests

Russian defence and foreign policy, strategic communications and social media.


Deciphering the Russian Enigma In 15 Questions and 30 Answers (Forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan).

Fluid Russia – Between the Global and the National in the Post-Soviet Era (Cornell University Press, 2021).

“From Commissars to ‘Switchers’ – Pro-Russian Influence on Telegram” in Neville Bolt (ed.) Kremlin Communication Strategy for Russian Audiences Before and After the Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine (NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, 2023).