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Michael is a Research Fellow in the National Security and Resilience Team focusing on conflict, terrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE). He has conducted research into political violence, conflict economies and the convergence of violent extremism and insurgent militancy with a specific focus on East and sub-Saharan Africa. This investigative fieldwork in various countries including Sudan and Kenya, and working in RUSI’s Nairobi Office on a range of projects related to the EU’s STRIVE Horn of Africa and STRIVE II programming.
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. Before starting at RUSI, he was a Resident Researcher and subsequent Lead Researcher for the Africa programme in the Institute of Islamic Strategic Affairs, 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.