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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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Aric Toler

Aric Toler started volunteering for Bellingcat in 2014 and has been on staff since 2015. He currently heads up Bellingcat's training efforts and its Eastern Europe/Eurasia research.

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Nick Waters

Nick is an ex-British Army officer and open source analyst. He has a special interest in the conflicts in Syria, as well as social media, civil society, intelligence and security. Contact via Twitter: @N_Waters89

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Giancarlo Fiorella

Giancarlo is an investigator and trainer for Latin America at Bellingcat. He is also a PhD candidate at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, where his research focuses on protest policing and civil conflict.

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Narine Khachatryan

Narine is a Yerevan-based journalist/translator who focuses on social, economic, human rights and political issues in Armenia and the South Caucasus. Prior to joining Bellingcat, she worked with a group of independent journalists, seeking to provide

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Charlotte Godart

Charlotte Godart is an investigator and trainer for Bellingcat. Before working at Bellingcat, she was a researcher and team manager at the Investigations Lab within the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, her alma mater. During that time, she taught

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Aiganysh Aidarbekova

Aiganysh is a Kyrgyzstan-based researcher/data-trainer. She is particularly interested how the open data of state structures can be used to detect corruption.

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Natalia Antonova

Natalia Antonova is the editor of Bellingcat. She is also a writer and researcher, interested in Russia, religion, disinformation, and various adjacent topics. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Washington Post, Vox, Strange Horizons, News

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Pieter van Huis

Pieter is a member of the Bellingcat Investigation Team. He has a background in History. Contact via Twitter @hspvn

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Foeke Postma

Foeke Postma works as a researcher and trainer at Bellingcat. He has a background in conflict analysis and resolution, and is particularly interested in military, environmental, and LGBT+ issues.

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Contributors

Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Bellingcat Investigation Team is an award winning group of volunteers and full time investigators who make up the core of the Bellingcat's investigative efforts.

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Chris Biggers

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

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Christiaan Triebert

Christiaan Triebert has investigated for Bellingcat since 2015 and runs several of Bellingcat's workshops for journalists and researchers across the world. Contact via email (christiaantriebert@bellingcat.com) or Twitter (@trbrtc).

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Justin Seitz

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

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Dan Kaszeta

Dan is the managing director of Strongpoint Security Ltd, and lives and works in London, UK. He has 27 years experience in CBRN response, security, and antiterrorism.

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Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Veli-Pekka is a doctoral student at Finnish National Defence University, researching social media and open source intelligence. He has a long background in the technology industry, more recently focusing on defense research.

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Syrian Archive

SyrianArchive.org 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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Robert Evans

Robert Evans has worked as a conflict journalist in Iraq and Ukraine and reported extensively on far-right extremist groups in the United States. He's particularly interested in the ways terrorist groups recruit, radicalize and communicate through th

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Bellingcat Contributor

The Bellingcat Investigation Team is an award winning group of volunteers and full time investigators who make up the core of the Bellingcat's investigative efforts.

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Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

Ongoing monitoring and investigative effort into anti-equality (anti-LGBT, choice, feminist, etc.) and far-right movements in Ukraine, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan. This project is collaboratively operated by Oleksiy Kuzmenko and Michael Colborne (Ukraine

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Daniel Romein

Daniel Romein is an IT-specialist and started in 2014 as open source investigator focused on the MH17 case and the conflict in Ukraine. Co-winner of the 2019 European Press Prize (Investigative Reporting Award).

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Hady Al-Khatib
Aliaume Leroy

Aliaume Leroy is an open source investigative journalist with the Africa Investigations unit of BBC World Service. At Bellingcat, he concentrates his research on Africa and Latin America. Contact via Twitter @Yaolri or email aleroy@bellingcat.com

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Benjamin Strick

Benjamin Strick is an open source investigator for the BBC. He has a background in law and the military, and does research in the field of digital forensics, geolocation, security and data.

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Jett Goldsmith

Jett Goldsmith is a writer and analyst from Denver, Colorado. He formerly co-founded the investigative reporting and geopolitical analysis outlet Conflict News, and writes at length on Ba'athist state structures and various actors within the Syrian c

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Nathan Patin

Nathan Patin is a Washington, D.C.-based independent researcher and private investigator at the Mintz Group, an international corporate investigations firm. He focuses on open-source investigation tools and techniques, cybercrime, and the Middle East

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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

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Bellingcat Podcast
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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Eric Woods

Eric Woods is freelance journalist and researcher who focuses on issues of illicit weapons proliferation, non-state actor dynamics, and access to public education. He can be reached via Twitter @Er_Woods

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Christo Grozev

Christo Grozev is lead Russia investigator with Bellingcat, focusing on security threats, extraterritorial clandestine operations, and the weaponization of information. His investigations into the identity of the suspects in the 2018 Novichok poison

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Yemen Project

The Yemen Project will bring to light critical details about the conflict in Yemen. We aim produce verified material viable for court cases, aiding advocacy groups with reliable information, and working with other media organisations that wish to cov

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Brenna Smith

Brenna Smith is a researcher at UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab, specializing in investigating disinformation and the illicit use of cryptocurrencies.

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Rao Komar

Rao Komar solves challenges for corporations, advocacy, and political organizations by developing analytical and software products using Python, data science, artificial intelligence, and network science.

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Oleksiy Kuzmenko

Oleksiy is a DC-based journalist focusing on Ukraine and specific issues surrounding the country, such as LGBT and women's rights. In early 2017, he dug deeper into a widely distributed Ukraine-related report by CrowdStrike, an American cyber securit

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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 se

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Alexander McKeever

Alexander McKeever is an independent researcher and MA student at CUNY GC’s Middle Eastern Studies program. He can be found on Twitter @AKMcKeever.

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Eliot Higgins
Noor Nahas

Independent researcher following the Syrian Civil War using open source research.

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Frederic Jacobs

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

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Carlos Gonzales

Carlos Gonzales started volunteering for Bellingcat in 2019. He is an independent engineering consultant and researcher and a passionate open source investigator recently focused on geolocating the most difficult cases in Europol’s #StopChildAbuse

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Michael Colborne

Michael Colborne is a journalist who focuses on the transnational far-right.

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Alberto Fittarelli

Alberto Fittarelli is a researcher who specializes in global conflicts, and their reverberations online. Historian by background, techie by experience. Passionate with forecasting "single points of failure" in the modern world. On Twitter at @albefit

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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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Michael Cruickshank

Michael Cruickshank is an Australian freelance conflict journalist currently based in Berlin, specialising in the OSINT, defense, the (mis)use of technology, and climate conflicts

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Casey Michel

Casey Michel is an investigative journalist based in New York. His prior writing has been published with Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, and The New Republic, among others. He’s on Twitter at @cjcmichel

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Collin Anderson

Collin Anderson is a Washington D.C.-based researcher focused on surveillance and censorship on the Internet with an emphasis on countries that restrict the free flow of information, primarily in the Middle East.

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Gregory Waters

Gregory Waters is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He researches conflicts and political transitions in the MENA region, primarily using open source information. His current research focuses on the economic and human losses in go

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Pascal Andresen

The author graduated in 2015. He has an M.A. degree in History and Cultural Studies. His main interest centers on the Christian militias fighting in Syria. You can follow him on Twitter: @shell_blog

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Marwan Khoury

Marwan Khoury is a forensic scientist who has submitted his PhD thesis on the effects of fire and explosions on forensic DNA to the University of Leicester. He studied in the UK and in Switzerland and trained with Geneva's Judicial Police in the Tech

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Khalil Dewan

Khalil Dewan is an independent consultant on Middle East and North Africa country risk. His work focuses on the conflict in Yemen and the Qatar-Gulf crisis with a special interest in conflict analysis, political, security and violent risk. Contact vi

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Keith B. Ward

Keith is an Affiliated Faculty member at George Mason University. He received his B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University. He was on the Chemistry Faculty at the University of Wisconsin before serv

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Jakub Janovský

35-year-old Czech network engineer interested in military history, space and electric cars.

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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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Team Ross, Bevensee, and ZC

Team Ross, Bevensee, and ZC are: Alexander Reid Ross, Emmi Bevensee, and ZC

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Nathan Ruser

Nathan Ruser is an author at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and focuses on Middle Eastern Affairs and Transnational Terrorism.

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b33lz3bub

Independent researcher. Bees in my bonnet: Human rights, spyware, digital security, infrastructure hunting. وش_تعرف_عن_النحل#

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Bashar Deeb and Leone Hadavi

Bashar Deeb Is an open source investigative journalist who works with Lighthouse Reports. He previously worked as a freelancer with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and was part of the research team in the #ItalianArms project. Leone Hadavi is

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Tariq Bhatti

Tariq is a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at Rutgers University. He began his career as a teenager doing garage expedient chemistry. Prior to graduate studies, he worked as an industrial analytical chemist. He has professional experience in mechanistic

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Hayk Khachikyan

Hayk is from Armenian military news website Razm.info since 2016, focusing on the Southern Caucasus and Middle East with military topics . He studies International relations in YSU and attended a Bellingcat training workshop in Yerevan in 2017.

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Sean Case

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

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Italian Arms

The #ItalianArms research team contributors include: Giorgio Beretta, Lorenzo Bodrero, Francesca Costantini, Leone Hadavi, Ludo Hekman, Bas Mesters, Alessandro Sangalli, Daniel Sidoli, and Carlo Tombola.

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Jessica Purkiss and Bashar Deeb

Jessica Purkiss works for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism on their Shadow Wars team. She predominantly investigates US military operations in Afghanistan. Bashar Deeb Is an open source investigative journalist who works with Lighthouse Repor

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Robert Evans and Leonardo Coelho

Leonardo Coelho has worked as a journalist and photographer in Rio de Janeiro since 2013, reporting extensively on human rights issues and police violence for news outlets such as Ponte Jornalismo, UOL, Vice Brazil and on other subjects for BBC Brasi

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Borderline Watch

Kiril Avramov and Ruslan Trad are the team behind the Borderline Watch Project. Kiril is a post-doctoral fellow at the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas at Austin. Ruslan is a freelance journalist and analyst with over te

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Robert Evans and Jason Wilson

Robert Evans has worked as a conflict journalist in Iraq and Ukraine and reported extensively on far-right extremist groups in the United States. He’s particularly interested in the ways terrorist groups recruit, radicalize and communicate through th

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Cheryl Rofer

Cheryl Rofer writes scientific and political commentary. She was a chemist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 35 years. She regularly provides background information to reporters for major publications and has been quoted in the New York Times

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Vincent Triest
Annique Mossou and Johanna Wild

Annique Mossou is a trainer and researcher for Bellingcat. Previously she was part of an OSINT-team of the Dutch National Police, where she specialised in online jihadist propaganda. At Bellingcat, she focuses on the world of mis- and disinformation.

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Timmi Allen

Timm Allen is a freelance 3D graphic artist and lives in Berlin (Germany). His focus is on the image and video analysis and creating new methods of analysis.

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Charles Davis

Charles Davis is a journalist in Los Angeles whose work has aired on public radio and been published by outlets such as Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian and The New Republic. Follow him on Twitter: @charliearchy

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Syrie Factuel

Collectif citoyen francophone contre la désinformation sur la Syrie: des faits et du contexte!

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Bashar Deeb

Bashar Deeb Is an open source investigative journalist who works with Lighthouse Reports. He previously worked as a freelancer with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and was part of the research team in the #ItalianArms project.

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Laurence Bindner

Laurence Bindner is the former Director of Development of the Center for the Analysis of Terrorism (CAT) in Paris. Her work covers analysis in terrorism financing (see ISIS financing), the links between terrorism financing and illicit trade and the q

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Xu Tianran

Xu majored in German language, and has worked for newspapers under the Chinese Communist Party before moving on to foreign newspapers' Beijing offices. He is now a member of a Chinese think tank called Modern National Defense and Security Research Ce

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Sébastien Bourdon

Sébastien Bourdon is an independent journalist and open-source investigator focusing on the French far right.

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Reinier Bergema

Reinier is a junior analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. While holding a dual degree in International Relations and Crisis & Security Management, he has conducted research on Dutch jihadist foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, combining

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Raphael Satter

Raphael Satter is a Europe-based journalist who covers cybersecurity for The Associated Press.

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Hector Martinez

Hector Martinez is a journalist investigating Middle East security topics, focusing on Syria and Hezbollah.

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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 w

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María Teresa Ronderos

María Teresa Ronderos is a Colombian journalist, and editor and co-founder of the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP). She is a columnist of daily El Espectador and teaches workshops for journalists with the Fundación Gabo, wher

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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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Charlotte Godart and Chantal Verkroost

Charlotte Godart is an investigator and trainer for Bellingcat. Before working at Bellingcat, she was a researcher and team manager at the Investigations Lab within the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, her alma mater.


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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

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Hannah Ellis

Hannah Ellis is currently a research assistant at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and formerly the Team Lead for Syria Investigations at the Open Source Investigations Lab in the Human Rights Center at Boalt Law

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Leone Hadavi

Leone Hadavi is an open source investigator and analyst. He has an MA in War and Security Studies and an LLM in International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law of Armed Conflict. He worked as an intern analyst at the International Criminal

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Eoghan Macguire
Eliza Hutchinson

Eliza Hutchinson has been working in the intelligence field for the past 7 years. She has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors. She focuses on jihadists, neo- Nazis, and white supremacists. Her reports have been featured in numerous main

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Thomas Mulder

Thomas is a datajournalist and art director for Dutch public broadcaster KRO-NCRV.

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Moritz Rakuszitzky
Yordan Tsalov

Yordan Tsalov is an investigative analyst focusing on security threats, hybrid warfare, and Russian clandestine operations.

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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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Nino Kandelaki

Nino is an independent researcher in DC. Her work focusses on NE Syria, Kurdish insugent groups, Turkish politics, and counter-terrorism strategies.

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Arslon Xudosi

Arslon Xudosi is a researcher focused on Syrian Turkmens, foreign fighters, and arms research in Syria and the surrounding area.

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Edward Tian

Edward Tian is a computer science and journalism student at Princeton University. He previously worked at a tech company in Kenya, and has interests in the MENA region, and refugee and asylum law, particularly in the U.S. and Canada.

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Sebastian Lenton
DFRLab

Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab. Catalyzing a global network of digital forensic analysts, following conflicts in real time, informing policy makers through of open source.

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