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Michael is a Research Analyst in the National Security and Resilience Team focusing on conflict and countering violent extremism (CVE). He has conducted research into terrorism, violent extremism, political violence and insurgencies with a particular focus on East Africa and the Sahel. This includes fieldwork as a co-investigator in Sudan and working in RUSI’s Nairobi Office on a range of projects related to the EU’s STRIVE HoA and STRIVE II programme in Kenya.
He is co-author of the forthcoming book Human Trafficking: An Organised Crime? (London: Hurst, US: Oxford University Press), assessing slavery, smuggling markets and the political economies of Sudan and Eritrea.
Michael was selected in 2018 to be an expert for the Commonwealth CVE Panel of Experts, which facilitates the sharing of knowledge across the Commonwealth. Before starting at RUSI, Michael was a Resident Researcher and subsequent Lead Researcher for the Africa programme in the Institute of Islamic Strategic Affairs, primarily analysing the intersections between crime, local militancy and transnational terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where his dissertation explored the hybridisation of jihadism in Somalia and Yemen, and a BA Joint Hons in History and Politics from the University of Warwick.