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Sarah Lain’s research focuses on post-Soviet foreign policy, in particular Russia and Central Asia.
Key themes that Sarah has researched include Russia's foreign policy, particularly towards the EU, Ukraine and Syria, as well as China's growing influence in Central Asia and how this affects Russia's relations with the region. She also runs a Russia-UK track II security bilateral dialogue, which brings together think tankers and academics from Russia and the UK to discuss security challenges in the bilateral relationship. Apart from foreign policy, Sarah has a special interest in understanding financial crime and illicit finance emanating from post-Soviet countries. In 2016 she served as specialist advisor to the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, assisting them on their enquiry into UK-Russia bilateral relations.
Prior to joining RUSI, Sarah worked in the Corporate Intelligence within KPMG London’s Forensic practice and previously at Control Risks. In bother roles, she worked on integrity due diligence reports, fraud investigations and anti-bribery and corruption risk assessments, focusing on Russia and the CIS.
Sarah has lived in Ukraine and Russia. She holds a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and also holds the Certified Fraud Examiner qualification