Mark Schroeder is an expert on political and security affairs in Africa. He leads the development of Stratfor's geopolitical analysis and forecasts for the region. Schroeder is regularly featured in the world's top media, including Reuters, The Associated Press, Al Jazeera English, CTV, CBC, BBC, The Guardian, Radio France International and United Press International.
Schroeder plays a leading role in analyzing counterterrorism and insurgency operations in the Maghreb region of North Africa, the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, most notably in relation to the conflicts in Mali and Somalia. He also covers geopolitical developments in central and southern Africa, including dynamics within and between Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Schroeder works closely with Stratfor's client solutions team, overseeing custom analysis and research about sub-Saharan Africa .
Before his time at Stratfor, Schroeder worked for several years in west and southern Africa in the non-profit relief and development sector and traveled extensively throughout the continent while on assignment.
He has a master's degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
• Geopolitics in Africa
• Insurgencies in the Sahel region of West Africa
• Horn of Africa conflict and the Somali insurgency
• Piracy off the coast of Somalia
• Nigeria, Niger Delta and Islamist militancy
• South Africa
• Sudan conflict
• Tuareg Rebel Groups
• Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb