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Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is an award-winning investigative journalist and interdisciplinary academic specialising in international security and complex systems theory. He is founding editor and chief writer for INSURGE intelligence, a crowdfunded investigative journalism platform that breaks exclusive stories on the world’s most pressing global challenges. He is ‘System Shift’ columnist at VICE’s science magazine Motherboard, and a columnist at Middle East Eye where he covers regional geopolitics. Previously, Nafeez wrote The Guardian’s ‘Earth insight’ blog from 2013 to 2014, where he reported on the geopolitics of interconnected energy, environmental and economic crises. 

His work, which focuses on state violence across political, military, economic and ecological domains, has also been published in the Independent on Sunday, The Independent, The Scotsman, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Quartz, New York Observer, The New Statesman, Prospect, Le Monde diplomatique, Raw Story, New Internationalist, Huffington Post UK, Al-Arabiya English, AlterNet, The Ecologist, and Asia Times, among other places. Exclusive stories broken by INSURGE have been covered by USA Today, Global Post, The Guardian, Salon, The Independent, Washington Post, The Metro, The Week, Daily Star, News Corp’s news.com.au, Forward, Forbes, Business Insider, Think Progress, Clean Technica, Discovery News, Channel 4 News, Columbia Journalism Review, Gigaom, Ha’aretz, Al-Jazeera English, and the German national press including Die Welt, News.de, General Anzeiger, FOCUS Online, WAZ (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung), Hamburger Abendblatt, Ostthuringer Zeitung, Junge Welt, German TV news channel n-TV, and Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten.

Nafeez holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sussex’s School of Global Studies, where he completed his thesis on the systemic causes of mass violence and genocide in the context of a comparative analysis of Spanish and American colonisation of the Americas. He has taught IR, politics and history at the University of Sussex and Brunel University. Since 2015, he has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Science and Technology. The GSI fellowship supported the completion of his seventh book, Failing States, Collapsing Systems: BioPhysical Triggers of Political Violence (Springer Nature, 2017) a scientific monograph on the systemic causes of a rising trend in civil unrest and political destabilisation in environmental, energy and economic crises.

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