Bobo Lo is an independent analyst. 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 an Associate Research Fellow with the Russia/NIS Center at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), and a Non-Resident Fellow with the Lowy Institute for International Policy, 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 short-listed for the 2016 Pushkin House prize, and 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).
Recent shorter writings include ‘New order for old triangles? The Russia-China-India matrix’, Russie.NEI.Visions, April 2017; ‘Russia and the new world disorder – one year later’, Asia Policy, July 2016; ‘The illusion of convergence: Russia, China, and the BRICS’, Russie.NEI.Visions, March 2016; ‘Frontiers new and old: Russia’s policy in Central Asia’, Russie.NEI.Visions, January 2015, IFRI; ‘Putin’s pivot: why Russia is looking East’ (with Fiona Hill), Foreign Affairs, 31 July 2013; ‘A 21st century myth – authoritarian modernization in Russia and China’ (with Lilia Shevtsova), Carnegie Moscow Center, June 2012; and ‘A partnership of convenience’, New York Times, 7 June 2012.
Bobo Lo has an MA from Oxford and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.