Christopher Hockey

Research FellowRUSI Nairobi,Terrorism and Conflict


Christopher Hockey joined RUSI’s Nairobi office as a Research Fellow in 2019. He is involved in several countering violent extremism projects in Kenya, with an emphasis on research, monitoring and evaluation and violence tracking. He is also involved in CVE training for the European Union Delegation.

Having been brought up in Kenya, Christopher previously worked in Nairobi’s risk management space. As an analyst, he developed an extensive understanding of the transnational threat from Islamist extremism across eastern and central Africa. He has spent considerable time on various projects in Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria and has trained analysts from across the continent. Prior to joining RUSI, Christopher led the information and intelligence branch of a leading risk consulting firm in eastern Africa.

Christopher holds a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Cultural Heritage and International Relations from the University of East Anglia. Throughout his studies, he focused on state-building and conflict, looking specifically at the role of identity and heritage as drivers of violence.

Areas of expertise

  • Al Shabaab activity in Kenya and the Horn
  • Violent extremist recruitment in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Security analysis
  • Private security in eastern Africa
  • Nationalism and identity in Kenya
Understanding Social Ecosystems Supporting Violent Extremism in Kenya
Implementing the GCTF Good Practices on Strengthening National-Local Cooperation in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism

Report mapping the strengths and challenges in East and Southern Africa by Christopher Hockey, Michael Jones, and Timothy Kimaiyo

External publications

Hockey, C. and Jones, M. 2020. ‘The Limits of ‘Shabaab-CARE’: Militant Governance amid COVID-19’, CTC Sentinel, Volume 13, Issue 6.

Hockey, C. and Parsons. I. 2020. ‘Covid-19 and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism: Challenges and Recommendations’, EU CT MORSE.

Public webinars and conferences

11 January 2022: Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference: Parliamentary Responses to Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism.

8-9 December 2021: CCCPA Expert Workshop, 'Defeating Terrorism in an Era of Cascading Risks: Perspectives from Africa', Cairo.

1 December 2021: 'Whole of Society' P/CVE during COVID-19, Strong Cities Network Africa Summit.

29 October 2021: ICA Live: Africa - crime-terror nexus.

24 June 2020: Africa in Perspective- Tackling Africa’s peace and security difficulties during health pandemics

04 June 2020: Mapping a pandemic- Kenya and Covid-19

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