Led by Chief Spokesperson, Ambassador (ret.) James K. Glassman, the Initiative for the Study of Russian Piracy (ISRP) is a group of former U.S. government officials, international trade experts, national security experts, and research analysts concerned by the immediate and long-term impacts of Russia’s theft of Ukrainian assets.
The group launched in the summer of 2022 with the goal of exposing the magnitude and potential impact of Russia’s looting and illegal transshipment of Ukrainian assets like steel and grain.
ISRP’s flagship project, Russia Theft Watch, serves as a resource for media, stakeholders, NGOs, government officials and the public as the world works together to put a stop to Russia’s assault on Ukrainian sovereignty and their illicit theft of valuable resources.
ISRP has released the flagship Russia Theft Watch Report estimating the scope and scale of stolen Ukrainian assets to date and also identifies the methods which Russia has employed to steal these resources. ISRP and the Russia Theft Watch project will continue to track Russian looting and transshipment and will provide updates and subsequent reports.
ISRP also offers recommendations for mitigation of the theft of Ukrainian assets and for compensation by Russia for the loss.
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About Amb. James K. Glassman
Ambassador (ret.) James K. Glassman serves as the Chief Spokesperson for the Initiative for the Study of Russian Piracy. In this role, he provides strategic expertise to ISRP’s team of investigators and regularly engages with media, U.S. government officials and concerned stakeholders, providing updates and advocacy to help halt the theft of valuable Ukrainian assets.
Amb. Glassman served as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2008-09, leading America’s government-wide global strategic communications effort. During 2007-08, he was Chairman of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other government-sponsored TV, radio, and Internet broadcasting.
From 1996 to 2017, he was a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he specialized in economic and technology policy. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, in Dallas. He recently ended a three-year term as a member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
He has had a long career in media, as the host of weekly affairs programs on CNN and PBS, editor of the congressional newspaper Roll Call, publisher of The Atlantic Monthly and The New Republic, and a financial and political columnist for the Washington Post.