James Pothecary

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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Articles by James Pothecary

Abqaiq: Lessons for Countering Drones

Introduction On September 14, a number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) reportedly attacked Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq energy facility, one of the world’s largest crude oil processing sites, alongside the Khurais

Tajikistan’s Islamist Shadow

Introduction A sedan struck seven foreign cyclists riding through Tajikistan’s Danghara district on July 29. Despite initial confused reports that it was nothing more than a car accident, grainy footage

Russia a Fair-Weather Friend for Syria’s Kurds

In the kaleidoscopic, ever-shifting array of factions that characterize the Syrian civil war, allegiances can shift in surprising ways. Nowhere is this more evident than in the relationship between Russia

Syria’s Conflict: Managing Turkey’s Intervention

On August 24, Turkish armor, infantry, and air units crossed the Syrian border and, in conjunction with the Ankara-supported Free Syrian Army (FSA) Sunni-dominated rebel group, launched a full-scale assault