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Mr. Kennedy is the Deputy Head and a Senior Analyst with the Middle East and North Africa desk of the IHS Markit Country Risk and Forecasting team. He specialises in the interaction of political risk and violent trends across the MENA region, with a particular focus on Egypt, the Gulf states, and the eastern Mediterranean. Prior to IHS Markit, Mr. Kennedy worked as Middle East analyst for a business and political risk consultancy firm in Scotland. He holds an MLitt in Middle East and Central Asia Security Studies from the University of St Andrews and an MA in Arabic and Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh.