I am British (a Londoner) by origin, but now living in Sweden. I have been studying Afghanistan since 12th September 2001. Roughly half of this time has been at the UK Ministry of Defence as a senior analyst, where I received the MBE in 2005 for my Afghan work. The other half has been at the internationally acclaimed Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. I have undertaken several visits and field trips to Afghanistan since 2002, as well as two operational tours for the UK MOD as a political/military analyst in the ISAF headquarters in Kabul (2006 and 2011). In 2009, the UK Foreign Office employed me to work for six months in the Swedish Foreign Ministry as an advisor on Afghanistan. At SIPRI I produced several papers analysing the Taliban’s use of propaganda and the media.
I am now an independent analyst and researcher, based in Sweden and still focusing on Afghanistan, the surrounding region and related issues. I welcome any chances to discussing opportunities for full or part time research and analytical collaboration, so please feel free to drop me a line via this blog or to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To flesh out this rather dry biog, you should be aware that I am a keen rock and roll guitarist and a much less keen marathon runner. With the benefit of hindsight I should have spent more time learning to play the guitar…