I am a Partner and Director at Maharbal, a Tunisia-based consultancy that provides analysis, advising, coaching, and solutions to complex challenges. I specialize in security, security sector reform, and border security issues in North and West Africa. For the last decade, I have conducted security sector reform programing, capacity assessments, and security analysis in the Maghreb, Sahel, Horn of Africa, and Latin America.
Concurrent with Maharbal, I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a senior fellow with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. My work focuses on the roots of border insecurity in Meso-America and North Africa. I have conducted field research on informal economic activity, smuggling, border security, and security sector reform issues throughout Africa, the Maghreb, East Asia, and Latin America.
From 2014-2017, I served as a Senior Program Officer with the Strategic Capacity Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to building effective and sustainable security sector capacity. I have designed and implemented capacity building programs for security agencies in North and West Africa funded by the U.S. and U.K. governments, and designed and implemented assessments on security service capacity, security service training, security service-community engagement, border security, and migration trends in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mali. In 2016-2017, I was embedded at the U.S. Institute of Peace - Tunis Hub as a Security Sector Reform Program Officer, leading the Institute's Tunisia Law Enforcement Academy Reform program.
Prior to working with Strategic Capacity Group, I consulted on security and development issues in East and North Africa for STATT Consulting, managed the transborder threats portfolio for the state of New Mexico, and served as a policy aide to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. I have additional programmatic and assessment experience in Somalia, Kenya, Mozambique, Mongolia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Haiti, Brazil, and the Philippines.
I have been quoted on security, migration, and organized crime issues by The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Telegraph, Financial Times, El Pais, Jeune Afrique, Le Monde, Agence Presse France, Associated Press, Vice News, and African Arguments.
I present regularly on transnational organized crime, border security, community-security force relations, and security sector reform, including to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Institute of Peace, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Small Arms Survey, Knowledge Platform: Security and Rule of Law, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Harvard University, and Tufts University.
Some selected publications include: "The Insurgency in Tunisia's Western Borderlands" (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2018), “At the Edge: Trends and Routes of North African Clandestine Migrants” (Institute for Security Studies, 2016), “An Assessment of Mali’s Border Security Capacity and Capabilities” (Strategic Capacity Group, 2016), Border Security Challenges in the Grand Maghreb” (U.S. Institute of Peace, 2015), and “Partisans, Profiteers, and Criminals: Syria's Illicit Economy” (The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 2014). Information on further articles and assessments can be found on the Publications page.