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Michael is a Research Analyst in the National Security and Resilience Team focusing on countering violent extremism (CVE). He has conducted research into terrorism, violent extremism and insurgencies, with particular reference to the Sahel and East Africa. Michael has also worked with RUSI’s office in Nairobi on a range of projects related to the EU’s STRIVE HoA and STRIVE II programme in Kenya. Before starting at RUSI Michael was a Resident Researcher and subsequent Leader Researcher in the Africa programme for the Institute of Islamic Strategic Affairs, primarily focusing 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 and transnationalisation of jihad in Somalia and Yemen.