Dr Domitilla Sagramoso is a senior lecturer in Security and Development at the Department of War Studies, at King’s College London. She is a noted expert on Russian foreign and security policy, and has appeared on Al Jazeera and BBC Newsnight. She has recently authored Russian Imperialism Revisited: From Disengagement to Hegemony, which examines contemporary Russian foreign policy, with a focus on its relations to former Soviet states. The analysis is carried out within the framework of ‘Hegemony’ and ‘Neo-Empire’ theories. She also studies the dynamics of terrorist violence in the North Caucasus region and Central Asia, and has published extensively on the topic.