As oil prices continue to fall, flirting with the US$40/bbl floor, there has been much talk of cheap oil’s winners and losers. The discussion has focused on big producer and consumer countries, but there may be another contender in the loser category – namely, the Islamic State (IS). In its gambit to become a state, […]
About Geoff D. Porter
Dr. Geoff D. Porter is an Assistant Professor with the Combating Terrorism Center. His focus is on political violence and security issues in North Africa and the Sahel, as well as elsewhere throughout Africa. In addition, Dr. Porter is the founder North Africa Risk Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in political and security risk in North Africa. Prior to establishing North Africa Risk Consulting, Dr. Porter was the Director for Middle East and Africa at a leading political risk consulting firm. Earlier in his career Dr. Porter was an assistant professor of Middle East and North Africa History at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Dr. Porter received a Ph.D. from New York University in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, an MA from NYU in Arabic Language, and a BA from the same institution in Islamic Studies. He is fluent in Arabic (including Modern Standard Arabic and North African dialect) and French. His translations from Arabic have appeared in The New York Times Op-Ed page. In addition, he has published regularly in the New York Times and the Daily Star (Lebanon), and has appeared on U.S. and foreign media to provide commentary on events unfolding in North Africa.