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Ben West

May 3, 2016 | 15:35 GMT

Ben West is Stratfor Senior Global Security Analyst at RANE focusing on nonstate actors and asymmetric threats facing the international system, including private companies and individuals. He has worked in this field since first joining Stratfor in 2007, covering threats from organized criminal activity, terrorism, social unrest and cyberattacks. Media outlets such as The Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg and Reuters have cited Ben's analysis on issues such as travel safety in Mexico, Russian-backed assassination attempts, Hong Kong protests, and the threat posed by militarized unmanned aerial vehicle platforms. Ben holds an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in the same field from Boston University. While originally from Austin, Texas, Ben has extensive international experience in Europe, Central America and Southeast Asia. You can follow him on Twitter at @BenKWest

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