Andrew Freeman

Analyst

London

Andrew is responsible for providing political, security and operational risk analysis on the Middle East and North Africa, focusing particularly on Egypt and the Levant. He produces regular updates for Control Risks’ online subscription services in which he analyses the impact of security, political and economic developments on subscribers’ operations. He also provides clients with bespoke reports and consultations in response to specific queries. 

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Market Entry Assessment
  • Threat & Risk Assessments
  • Political and Economic Risk Consulting


Andrew is responsible for providing political, security and operational risk analysis on the Middle East and North Africa, focusing particularly on Egypt and the Levant. He produces regular updates for Control Risks’ online subscription services in which he analyses the impact of security, political and economic developments on subscribers’ operations. He also provides clients with bespoke reports and consultations in response to specific queries.


Recent examples of Andrew’s work include the following:
  • An in-depth workshop, security threat assessment and weekly security monitoring for a US client operating in Egypt.

  • An in-depth assessment for a national air carrier of the security environment in Beirut, Lebanon, with a specific focus on the international airport and the role of Hizbullah in the city.

  • A pre-entry threat assessment for a mass media and entertainment conglomerate on the security threats in Tel Aviv, Israel.

  • An assessment for an international trade organisation of terrorism and militancy in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Before he joined Control Risks, Andrew was a junior analyst at a London-based development consultancy focused on the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In this role he researched topics including radicalisation, countering violent extremism, and conflict early-warning systems for international NGOs, multilateral bodies, and governmental development organisations. He appeared as a panel member at the 2015 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development, hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he discussed the flow of arms, people and funding into Syria. He also worked for a leading Arab trade representative body, where he liaised with companies across a range of sectors as well as Arab governments and trade organisations. Prior to this he was an editor and writer for the first independent English-language newspaper in Syria.

Andrew holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from Stockholm University, specialising on Islamic State and other Salafist militant groups, and a bachelor’s degree in Arabic from the University of Exeter. He spent two years living in Syria and has travelled throughout the Levant and Egypt. His language skills include Arabic and Swedish.

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