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Current Work

CSRC team members are at any one time engaged on a wide range of projects, whether working independently, on site with customers, or as part of a project team. This page will give a flavour of work currently in hand, with links to downloadable product where this is already in the public domain.

Shima Keene

Dr Keene recently published a book entitled "Threat Finance: Disconnecting the Lifeline of Organised Crime and Terrorism" which addresses existing issues relating to challenges facing the broader counter terrorism and counter serious organised crime communities. The publication offers new insights into how responses to a wide range of domestic and international security issues may be strengthened through the use of effective counter threat finance strategies.

In addition, Dr Keene recently completed a paper for NATO on the effective application of asymmetric financial warfare strategies in Afghanistan, as part of the overall counter-insurgency effort by allied forces. She is currently working on a further NATO paper examining land based economic measures to mitigate Maritime Piracy and related inland security concerns in Somalia.

As subject matter expert, Shima is currently engaged in a number of projects including global futures scanning to detect and assess emerging and future transnational and global security challenges, as well as the examination of 'wicked' problems and smart defence, cyber security, fraud, and the stabilisation of conflict affected and fragile states.


Keir Giles

Keir is responsible for overall editorial control of all CSRC output. In addition, he continues research in his own areas of expertise. He has recently completed a major project reviewing the development of civilian control of the Russian Armed Forces, published through NATO Defense College. This ties in with Keir's long-term research tracing the development of Russia's military capabilities, and the prospects for use of military force as a foreign policy tool.

Meanwhile, Keir is pursuing his other key research strand, of cyber capabilities and vulnerabilities with a particular focus on Russia. This includes working with Moscow State University's Institute of Information Security Issues reviewing Russia's proposals for an international convention on cyber issues.

Mohammed El-Katiri

Mohammed has recently completed a paper on security reform and counter-radicalisation in Morocco. He examined policies put in place to restrain radicalisation of Moroccans not only in Morocco but also among the diaspora in Europe. This approach, unique in the Arab world, is distinguished by its comprehensiveness, and led to briefings to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth on redistribution of power between the Moroccan state and regions, and the prospects for supporting the Western Sahara dispute and consolidating the country's socio-economic reforms.

Mohammed also has a strong interest in energy security and food security throughout the Gulf and Maghreb regions. Mohammed sees energy security as fundamental component of the national security of both developed and developing countries, with threats to supply and distribution chains promising far-reaching consequences for entire societies.