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This is our political risk analysis blog, aimed at discussion and opinions on global security related events.

Blog Contributers

Andre Colling

Andre studied politics and criminal justice at the University of Cape Town. He is currently Chief Analyst of the Middle East and North Africa and Head Analyst of the red24 Analyst Department. His work focus almost exclusively on MENA-related development but he is also involved in refining red24’s security and travel alert product and evolving podcast product.

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Barend Lutz

Barend is a philomath, political/security risk analyst and digital media specialist. His backround lies in Value and Policy Studies (BA), and International Relations/Democratic Theory, with a focus on integrating next-generation internet technology and political science.  He is an alumnus of Stellenbosch University, the MIH Media Lab, University of Hong Kong and Sciences-Po grande école Paris. His is a member of red24’s Americas analyst team.

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Frances Nobes

Frances is the Global Risk Analyst for red24. She has an MA in Intelligence & International Security from King’s College London and an MA in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. Frances analyses global issues including kidnap for ransom and terrorism, as well as assisting with corporate security planning.

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Gabrielle Reid

Gabrielle is a political risk analyst for the Africa desk at red24, focusing on Central and East African developments.  She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Politics and Psychology, as well as an Honours Degree in Justice and Transformation with a specialized focus on conflict resolution at a civil war level from the University of Cape Town.  Gabrielle is currently completing her dissertation towards a MA in International Relations from the University of Cape Town; the study is focused on the nature of rebel groups in the eastern DRC.

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Jonathan Vincent

Jonathan studied politics and isiXhosa at the University of Cape Town before going on to do Honours in International Relations. He is currently Chief Analyst of Asia at red24. His work focuses primarily on Asia-related developments, but he is also involved in working on KRE analysis in the Special Risks business unit. In his free time (of which there is never enough) he surfs, dives, hikes and thinks of ways to make his bonsai trees grow faster.

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Lara Sierra-Rubia

Lara is an Americas analyst at red24, focusing on Northern and Central Americas. Her studies have focused on Conflict Resolution and Transitional Justice at the University of Cape Town. Although she believes in the power of narrative and qualitative research, she also has a penchant for number crunching and analysing quantitative data. Her previous work has involved research in Public Opinion analysis at the Democracy in Africa Research Unit, lecturing at the University of Stellenbosch, and advocacy for restorative justice in South Africa at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

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Nick Piper

Nick is the regional chief analyst for the Americas team. Having grown up in Johannesburg, he moved to Cape Town to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at the University of Cape Town. He has travelled a lot, but not (never?) enough. Outside of work, he spends his time thinking about travelling. He does this while running, writing, hiking and spending time with nice people (not all at the same time, of course).

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