by and for citizen investigative journalists


  • Eliot Higgins

    Eliot Higgins

    Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigation tools and techniques.

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  • Chris Biggers

    Chris Biggers

    Chris Biggers is a public and private sector consultant based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Justin Seitz

    Justin Seitz

    Justin Seitz is Canadian security consultant and author of two computer hacking books from No Starch Press. He blogs at and can be found on Twitter @jms_dot_py.

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  • Karl Morand

    Karl Morand

    Karl Morand produces the Middle East Week podcast in Amman, Jordan, where he is currently studying Arabic. He has a degree from Fordham University in international studies (Middle East focus) and a minor in economics.

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  • Aric Toler

    Aric Toler

    Aric Toler has been an employee at Bellingcat since 2015. Some of his focuses are in verification of Russian media, the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russian influence in the American/European far-right, and the ongoing investigation into MH17. Have a question, want to bounce a story idea, or want to write for Bellingcat? Email me at

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  • Christiaan Triebert

    Christiaan Triebert

    Christiaan Triebert is an all-source conflict analyst with an interest in conflict and development. He has conducted fieldwork in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine, among other countries. King's College London and University of Groningen graduate. Contact via Twitter: @trbrtc

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  • Aaron Stein

    Aaron Stein

    Aaron Stein is an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). He is also the nonproliferation program manager at the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies in Istanbul, where he works on security and proliferation issues in the Middle East.

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  • Peter Jukes

    Peter Jukes

    Peter Jukes is an award winning screenwriter and dramatist, who published The Fall of the House of Murdoch. He has since written extensively for The Daily Beast, Newsweek, The New Republic, The New Statesman, Prospect Magazine and other publications about media and monopoly. His latest book is 'Beyond Contempt: The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial'

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  • Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

    Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

    Veli-Pekka is a doctoral student at Finnish National Defence University, researching open source intelligence and use of social media. He has a long background in product development, along with military and emergency management experience.

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  • Dan Kaszeta

    Dan Kaszeta

    Dan is the managing director of Strongpoint Security Ltd, and lives and works in London, UK. He has 24 years experience in CBRN response, security, and antiterrorism.

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  • Aliaume Leroy

    Aliaume Leroy

    Aliaume Leroy is a consultant on diamond smuggling for the NGO Global Witness. He works as a freelance investigative reporter on Swissleaks, drug and arms trafficking, and money laundering affairs. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Conflict, Security and Development at King's College London, focusing on counter-terrorism, private military companies, natural resource conflicts and asymmetrical warfare.

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  • Hady Al-Khatib

    Hady Al-Khatib

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  • Rao Komar

    Rao Komar

    Rao Komar is an analyst focusing on the Middle East and the Former Soviet Union at the SecDev Group. Rao has written for World Politics Review, NOW Lebanon, Bellingcat and War on the Rocks. His analysis has been refered to by the Associated Press, Reuters, Foreign Policy Magazine's Daily SitRep, Il Foglio and the Atlantic Council. @RaoKomar747 on Twitter

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  • Jett Goldsmith

    Jett Goldsmith

    Jett Goldsmith is a journalist from Denver, Colorado. He currently serves as news editor for Neowin, and formerly co-founded the investigative reporting and geopolitical analysis outlet Conflict News. He is currently an undergraduate student in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies. You can follow him on Twitter @JettGoldsmith.

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  • Nathan Patin

    Nathan Patin

    Nathan Patin is an independent researcher based in the Washington, DC area focusing on OSINT, jihadism, terrorism, and the Middle East.

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  • The Regular Contributor

    The Regular Contributor

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  • Melissa Hanham

    Melissa Hanham

    Melissa Hanham is a Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). She supports CNS' research by investigating new techniques in open source analysis; incorporating imagery, remote sensing data, large data sets, 3D modeling, and other GIS data fusion. She is a regular contributor to the Arms Control Wonk blog, and co-teaches "Open Source Analysis for Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies" and "Geospatial Tools for Nonproliferation Analysis" at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

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  • Nick Waters

    Nick Waters

    Nick is an ex-British Army officer and open source analyst. He has a special interest in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Ukraine, as well as intelligence, security and international development. Contact via Twitter: @N_Waters89

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  • Wim Zwijnenburg

    Wim Zwijnenburg

    Wim Zwijnenburg is a Humanitarian Disarmament Project Leader for PAX.  He works on conflict and environment related issues in the Middle East, the use and proliferation of emerging military technologies and arms trade @wammezz

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  • Frederic Jacobs

    Frederic Jacobs

    Frederic is a security researcher working on encrypted messaging, censorship resistance and blockchains.

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  • Cameron Colquhoun

    Cameron Colquhoun

    Cameron Colquhoun is the Managing Director of Neon Century, a corporate intelligence consultancy based in London who apply cutting-edge open-source intelligence capabilities to conduct ethical investigations for our clients around geopolitical, commercial and cyber risks.

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  • John Arterbury

    John Arterbury

    John Arterbury is a graduate student at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies, where he focuses on terrorism and substate violence. He worked previously as a freelance journalist in Southeast Asia. You can follow him @JohnArterbury.

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  • Masis Ingilizian

    Masis Ingilizian

    Masis Ingilizian is a researcher at the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He was previously a regular contributor for the publication IMINT Analysis edited by Sean O’Connor. His research focuses on the Caucasus, Iran and Russia, spanning the fields of strategic warfare, geopolitics and geostrategy. Masis tracks developments in the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict and provides ongoing insight into the geopolitics and growing tensions in the region, using imagery and photos for analysis. He also writes on the foreign policies of both Russia and the West.

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  • Magnitsky


    Iggy Ostanin is a freelance Russian journalist who does investigative research on the Ukrainian conflict. He tweets under @magnitsky and can be contacted at

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  • Pieter Van Ostaeyen

    Pieter Van Ostaeyen

    Historian, Arabist and Islamicist working as an independent researcher. Focus on Jihad in Syria and Iraq, Jabhat an-Nusra, ISIS and foreign fighters.

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  • Daniel Romein

    Daniel Romein

    Daniel Romein is an IT-specialist and open source investigator focused on the MH17 case and the conflict in Ukraine.

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  • Mr. Woods

    Mr. Woods

    Mr. Woods is an independent writer and researcher who focuses on issues of illicit weapons proliferation, non-state actor dynamics, as well as access to education for IDPs and refugees. He can be reached publicly via @AnotherWarBlog

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  • Type 63

    Type 63

    "Type 63: A Collection of Musings on Middle East Conflict" is the personal page of a Middle East / North Africa news and culture enthusiast, focused on non-state actors and how they wage war. The author is a 29 year old former US Marine infantryman, currently a graduate student for a Strategic and International Studies degree, with a research focus on the Middle East.

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  • Ruslan Leviev

    Ruslan Leviev

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  • Chris Brace

    Chris Brace

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  • Cody Roche

    Cody Roche

    Anti-Tank Guided Missile and faction tracker focusing on the Syrian Civil War

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  • Syrian Archive

    Syrian Archive

    Syrian Archive is a open source platform that collects, curates, verifies, and preserves visual documentation of human rights violations in #Syria | Twitter: @syrian_archive

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  • Andrew Haggard

    Andrew Haggard

    Andrew Haggard is the founder of the Korean Defense website. He's fascinated by all-things military and defense-related with a particular interest in South Asia and the Korean peninsula.

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  • Lincoln Pigman

    Lincoln Pigman

    Russo-American. Student of War Studies at King's College London, freelancer featured in The New York Times and IHS Jane's Intelligence Review.

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  • Will Horner

    Will Horner

    Will Horner is completing a Masters in Political Theory at UCL

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  • Sean Case

    Sean Case

    Sean’s work for Bellingcat is focused on the use of artillery systems during the Ukrainian conflict.

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  • Ethan Rosen

    Ethan Rosen

    Ethan Rosen is a geopolitical researcher and analyst for China Six. His research focuses on the changing geopolitical situation between the Middle East and The Pacific. He is also the author of "The Bear, The Dragon, and the AK-47: How China, the United States, and radical Islamists conspired to defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan."

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  • Alexandra Raine

    Alexandra Raine

    Alexandra is a trained scientist and consultant in the field of risk and crisis management. Her interests center on MENA, Eastern Europe and investigative reporting with data. A polylingual geek and forensic analyst, Alexandra enjoys reading and contributing to the Bellingcat.

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  • Christo Grozev

    Christo Grozev

    Christo Grozev for many years supervised the radio operations of a public US company in CEE and Russia. Currently owns and operates national radio stations in the Netherlands and Ukraine. Christo is a senior researcher at Risk Management Lab, a think-tank with a focus on security threats at New Bulgairan University (Sofia). In his work he focuses on Russia-related security threats and weaponization of information.

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  • Nour Bakr

    Nour Bakr

    Nour Bakr is a Middle East analyst with a focus on international relations, and Western foreign policy in the region. He has previously worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the EU, and Syria departments.

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  • christophkoettl


    Amnesty International Crisis Response, and founder and editor of Citizen Evidence Lab.

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  • Pieter van Huis

    Pieter van Huis

    Pieter van Huis has a BA and MA in History and is based in the Netherlands

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  • Lawrence Alexander

    Lawrence Alexander

    Social sciences student, RuNet Echo contributor and independent researcher focusing on political use of the internet and social media.

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  • Jacob Beeders

    Jacob Beeders

    Jacob is a graduate of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Jacob’s research focuses are terrorism and counterterrorism policy, with an emphasis on East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • Ross Dayton

    Ross Dayton

    Ross Dayton holds a Masters of Arts in Global Affairs specializing in Globalization and Security from Florida International University. Ross studies international politics, conflict, and terrorism in Latin America, MENA, and Europe. For his Master's capstone project, Ross conducted open source research and analysis for US SOCOM on the Islamic State’s strategic usage of water and natural resources in Syria and Iraq.

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  • Morgan Carlston

    Morgan Carlston

    Morgan Carlston has a Masters in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University, and lived in Tel Aviv from 2010 to 2012, including during the 2012 conflict when Iron Dome gained international recognition. He blogs at

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  • Aman Madan

    Aman Madan

    Aman is an undergraduate student at Davidson College studying Political Science and Arabic. At Davidson, Aman focuses on political Islam and substate actors in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Follow him @PresidentMadan to keep up with his work.

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  • Adam Rawnsley

    Adam Rawnsley

    Adam Rawnsley is a Philadelphia-based reporter covering technology and national security. He co-authors FP’s Situation Report newsletter and has written for The Daily Beast, Wired, and War Is Boring. You can follow him on Twitter at @arawnsley.

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