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Enhancing Threat Analysis through Community Engagement: Leveraging Local Knowledge to Secure Operations in East Africa

Monday, February 16
13:30-14:20
Breakout 1

In East African countries community engagement during threat analysis is of particular benefit to the eventual design of risk controls by detailing the beliefs and motivations of human threat sources.

The complexities of societies and communities in countries across East Africa stem from the multiple layers of tribal, ethnic, religious and linguistic differences and identities set against a backdrop of economic inequalities, evolving governance structures and continuous human development challenges. Threat analysis informed by community engagement can help to identify local, cultural and tribal attitudes to security threats which can help highlight key gaps in a western security approach. Simply identifying the same 50 security risks without analysing them specific to the local area leads to risks which are incorrectly assessed and as importantly sees opportunities which are under-exploited.

Presented by: Tim Jones, Head of Advisory Services, Edinburgh International, United Arab Emirates

Tim Jones is the Head of Advisory Services at Edinburgh International (EI). He runs a team of analysts and consultants who analyse and distribute political and security risk reporting and deliver consultancy services across the Middle East and Africa. He has a Masters in International Development and is a member of ASIS. He has worked as a security professional in Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya as well as across the Middle East and Central Asia. Prior to joining EI he served for eight years in the British Infantry completing two tours of Afghanistan and a tour of Iraq during which he worked as an intelligence liaison and targeting officer to a Task Force within the US Special Operations Command. He is based in London but travels regularly in the Middle East and Africa.