To make good decisions, you need reliable information

If you want to respond the threats and challenges posed by Russia today, you need access to information you can trust. You need to understand the who, the what, and the why. Only then can you make informed decisions.

The problem is that reliable information can be hard to find. Sometimes there is too little information, but just as often there is too much — and a lot of it is low quality, inaccurate, or even deliberately misleading.

I draw on years of experience and deep subject matter expertise to help professionals mitigate threats, overcome challenges, and design better responses to Russia. I offer a range of written research services tailored to your needs, providing the clarity you need to make good decisions.

Explore the different ways that I can help you

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Quote from Yuval Noah Harari's book 21 lessons for the 21st century: In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power

Tailored solutions, robust methodologies

Quote from Richard Connolly at the Eastern Advisory Group and Oxford Analytica: “Threatologist has provided outstanding research support to my organisation on several projects. The work was carried out on time and with great care and attention. I was impressed by all aspects of Mark's work. I will certainly use Threatologist in the future”

Many organisations offer generic analysis and recycled information, repackaging existing material to only partially address the questions that matter to you.

I strive to be different:

  • I take the time to understand your specific problem and then design a solution to match.
  • I employ innovative approaches and rigorous methodologies, so you can have confidence in the intelligence you receive.
  • I always deliver what I promise and take pride in the quality of my work.

By working with me, you get what you need, when you need it.

How I can help you

Commission a profile

Do you need a better understanding of a specific actor operating in your field?

I can produce an in-depth profile of an individual or organisation, filtering out the noise to explain who they are, who they are connected to, and what role they play in the broader political or economic system.

This profile of State Duma Deputy for Chechnya Adam Delimkhanov is an example of how open-source information can be used to assess the influence of elite actors, while this profile of the Russian Defence Ministry’s African Corps helps explain the evolving landscape of security actors.

Price: £350

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Quote from Charlie Pericleous MBE FRSA, Prevent Officer and researcher: “Mark provided an excellent and detailed analysis of the Wagner Group, including how the organisation differs from other private military companies and the implications for institutions within a UK context. The importance of this information can't be overstated when assessing risks and implementing strategic or operational plans”

Media reviews and backgrounders

A lack of high-quality information can stall your project or prevent you serving your audience, and compiling and analysing data that is scattered across sources places yet another demand on your valuable time. Sometimes, you need an accessible overview of events or developments in your field — something that sorts the signal from the noise to find the information that matters to you.

I can produce media reviews and backgrounders that evaluate that synthese and analyse information to explain events and their context. I draw on years of experience monitoring Russian political and media environments, allowing me to extract unique insights, source valuable information, and identify misinformation.

This backgrounder on the history of the North Caucasus insurgency is an example of an accessible introduction to a topic, while this review of the March 2024 terrorist attack on Moscow’s Crocus City Hall shows how numerous and conflicting reports can be condensed to provide a clear explanation of a major event.

Guide price: £1,000

Research papers

Sometimes you need deep insights on a new topic or you want to leverage different skills and approaches to enable you to respond effectively to threats and challenges.

I can produce in-depth research papers that provide you with a richer understanding of an issue or environment, drawing on robust social science methodologies to deliver evidence-based analysis. Research papers can take a variety of forms:

  • Reviews of existing academic knowledge on a topic;
  • An OSINT investigation into a target or threat;
  • A long-term analysis of trends and developments;
  • A map of relations between people and organisations.

I draw on rich subject-matter expertise and knowledge of diverse tools and techniques to deliver solutions that are both high-quality and tailored to your specific needs.

Research papers are client-specific and confidential, but you can get a good idea of the type of analysis I can produce by visiting my publications page.

Guide price: Project-dependent

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I can support you across any of these topics

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