I am British (a Londoner) by origin, but now living in southern Sweden, where I run my own company specialising in independent political/military analysis and research. I worked for the British government as a defence analyst from 1992, finally cutting my ties in March 2014. I have been studying Afghanistan, the region and associated conflict themes, since 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 thinktank, the 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 Ministry of Defence as a political/military analyst in Kabul (2006 and 2011). In 2014, I completed a 6 month slot with the UK Foreign Office as an Afghanistan/insurgency research analyst. In 2013 I completed a Master’s Degree, with distinction, in Peace and Conflict Studies, at Malmö University. My thesis looked at the directions in which the Afghan conflict could go after 2014. At SIPRI and afterwards I have produced several papers analysing the Taliban’s use of propaganda, information and the media. The Swedish Ministry of Defence has commissioned me to write several papers.
Although still focused on Afghanistan, I have also studied Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Russia-related security themes, including two operational tours in Bosnia during the 1990s. For several years I was a ground forces Order of Battle/capabilities specialist. I now also look at wider peace and conflict issues:
conventional armed forces, conflict resolution, insurgencies, media, propaganda and information operations, development during conflict, asymmetric warfare, intelligence analysis, military history, terrorism, special forces, war crimes, refugees, insurgents, strategy and tactics, decision-making, militias and political control of the military…
I welcome any chances to discussing opportunities for any forms of full or part time research and analytical collaboration, conferences or lectures, 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 would have spent more time learning to play the guitar…