Alex Falconer

security analyst
Alex Falconer is a senior analyst for the London-based security consultancy PGI Intelligence. His current research is mainly focused on security threats in North Africa, particularly in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Mali. Before joining PGI he studied Middle Eastern studies, advanced Arabic and other related topics at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He has lived and studied in a range of Arabic-speaking countries, including Lebanon, Egypt, Oman and Syria.

The Al-Qaeda Affiliates Merger in Mali

March 28, 2017

Mali’s inability to improve its security conditions means that it is likely to remain a key base for al-Qaeda’s activism in the region. On March 2, 2017, leaders of several Mali-based terrorist factions linked to al-Qaeda released a video statement announcing the creation of a new organization via the merging of their groups....

Russian Influence in Libya Puts EU on Alert

February 14, 2017

Increased international backing and military resources for Haftar could lead to a more aggressive push by the general for broader power in Libya. Since the beginning of 2017, there have been increasing signs that key states in the international community may be willing to acquiesce to the renegade General Khalifa...

Budget Cuts Threaten to Destabilize Algeria

January 26, 2017

In Algeria, falling energy revenue without a viable replacement risks riots in 2017. Violent riots erupted in the northern Algerian city of Bejaia on January 2, following the introduction of the national budget set by the 2017 Finance Law on the first day of the new year. The events started...

Identifying Global Terrorism Trends

December 19, 2016

What is behind the rise in terrorism across the globe? This November, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released the Global Terrorism Index 2016, the latest of its yearly reports laying out year-on-year statistical trends in worldwide terrorism. The report draws from a comprehensive database of terrorist incidents going...