James Pothecary is a senior political analyst at Falanx Assynt. He specializes in political violence, and has experience working in political analysis and security operations. He holds a MA with Distinction in ‘Terrorism, Insurgency and Security Studies’ from the University of Leeds and is a former volunteer police officer.
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