As a global security analyst, Ben West studies trends in terrorism, crime and espionage around the world. Since first joining Stratfor in 2007, his work has been featured by media outlets such as The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and The Washington Post. Mr. West has extensive experience abroad, having studied and worked in Germany, the United Kingdom, China, and Italy. Throughout this time, he worked in the international political and commercial sectors. He earned his master’s from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, focusing his research on terrorist and criminal financial networks, and received his bachelor’s in International Relations from Boston University. Mr. West currently lives in the Washington, D.C., area.