Bobo Lo

Bobo Lo

Bobo Lo is an Associate Research Fellow with the Russia/NIS Center at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI). He was previously Director of the China and Russia Programmes at the Centre for European Reform; Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House; and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Moscow. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the Lowy Institute, Sydney, Australia.

Dr Lo writes extensively on Russian foreign policy. His most recent book, A Wary Embrace: What the China-Russia Relationship Means for the World, was published by Penguin Random House for the Lowy Institute in April 2017. Lo’s Russia and the New World Disorder (Brookings and Chatham House, 2015) was described by The Economist as 'the best attempt yet to explain Russia’s unhappy relationship with the rest of the world.' Other major books include Axis of Convenience: Moscow, Beijing and the New Geopolitics (Brookings and Chatham House, 2008), Vladimir Putin and the Evolution of Russian Foreign Policy (Blackwell and Chatham House, 2003), and Russian Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Reality, Illusion and Mythmaking (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002). Shorter recent writings include 'Chutzpah and realism: Vladimir Putin and the making of Russian foreign policy', Russie.NEI.Visions, June 2018; 'An accident waiting to happen: Trump, Putin, and the US-Russia relationship', Lowy Institute Analysis, October 2017; and 'New order for old triangles? The Russia-China-India matrix', Russie.NEI.Visions, April 2017.

Bobo Lo has an MA from Oxford and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. 

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