I like discover what makes humanity tick. It is the simple tidbits that make life lovely and amazing, chaotic and just plain random.
To date, my professions have led me to the danger zones. Spheres of the world where most fear to tread. I seem to have a knack for it. I’ve dodged sniper fire and 122mm artillery in Eastern Ukraine, delivered cookstoves to displaced Iraqis near Mosul, hid inside my shower during incoming missile warnings in Baghdad, navigated mud holes the size of Wisconsin in Liberia, and sipped frothy pints by the roaring peat fire in West Ireland.
I am now trying my hand at becoming a digital nomad. Will see where this goes…
I have collaborated with some pretty awesome human beings in my tenure on this piece of soil we call home: the UN Iraq and Liberia, the OSCE in Ukraine, the African Union, ECOWAS, United States Institute for Peace, the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project, UN Office of the Special Advisor, Genocide Prevention, the International Crisis Group (ICG), Swisspeace, Oxfam, the Stimson Center, Brookings, ACCORD, NUPI, The Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Center for Conflict Prevention at Columbia University, the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, OCHA, Ushahidi, and probably more.
I have contributed to a few publications, including a chapter on African Peacekeeping in Peacekeeping & Atrocity Prevention (Springer Press 2015). I have a few new pieces forthcoming, as found on the publications section of this blog.
Research interests include: asymmetric warfare, peacekeeping, COIN, armed conflict,, armed non-state actors, the protection of civilians, crisis mapping, military ethics and political theory.
Personally, I am keen to explore what’s over the next hill and love capturing humanity through photography. Whether I’m gossiping with Ukrainian Babushkas, dodging rickshaws in India, wandering the Souks of Marrakech or haggling in the Istanbul’s bazaars, I am at my best when traveling.
Despite our digital world, I appreciate all things analog; hand written letters, antiquarian bookstores, Super 8 film, Film Noir, gothic fiction, B/W photography, speakeasies and old cemeteries.
I’m curious, adventurous, compassionate, nomadic, unconventional and often-quirky.