As Vice President of International Operations, Mark Schroeder guides Stratfor's high-level international relationships in government, business and media. Mr. Schroeder leads Stratfor's proprietary intelligence collection and source development priorities across seven global regions in support of our multiple lines of business.
Mr. Schroeder is also the Africa analysis practice lead. As an expert on political and security affairs in Africa, he guides the development of Stratfor's geopolitical analysis and forecasts for the region. Mr. Schroeder is regularly featured in the media, appearing on Bloomberg, Reuters, The Associated Press, Al Jazeera English, CTV, CBC, BBC, The Guardian, Radio France International and United Press International.
Mr. Schroeder plays a leading role in analyzing political and economic developments in West, East, Southern and Central African regions. He analyzes shifts in national and international economies that impact and shape African politics.
Mr. Schroeder also covers counterterrorism and insurgency operations in Nigeria and the Sahel region of West Africa, in the Maghreb region of North Africa, and in the Horn of Africa, in relation to subnational and cross-border conflicts including in Nigeria, Mali and Somalia. He forecasts geopolitical developments between African states, including integration efforts in East Africa, and competition dynamics driven by inter- and extra-African interests.
Before his time at Stratfor, Mr. 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
- Extractive industry dynamics and African government priorities
- East African regional economic integration
- Nigeria, Niger Delta and Islamist militancy
- South African political and economic priorities
- Zimbabwe political and economic developments
- Angolan politics, economic opportunities, and opposition concerns
- Sudan conflict
- Ethiopia-Eritrea dynamic
- Mali Tuareg Rebel Groups
- Insurgencies in the Sahel region of West Africa
- Horn of Africa conflict and the Somali insurgency
- Piracy off the coast of Somalia