Derek Henry Flood is an independent analyst whose work focuses on geopolitical conflict and non-state and substate warfare. He is currently a contributing analyst for Jane’s Intelligence Review and The Redline Podcast. He has recently launched a Youtube channel, Fabled City, documenting his own travel and reportage.
He was formerly a correspondent for the Combating terrorism Center at West Point’s monthly Sentinel publication., Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Terrorism and Security Monitor and Asia Times Online. He was founding editor of the Jamestown Foundation’s Militant Leadership Monitor publication and an analyst for Jamestown’s widely regarded Terrorism Monitor. His focus is primarily on Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs with additional emphases on Central Asia and the Caucasus. While studying Political Geography at San Diego State University, his interest in militant political Islam grew organically after spending time in Iran and Pakistan researching the rise of the Taliban movement for his senior thesis in 1999-2000.
Flood has covered conflicts in Syria, Mali, Libya, Kyrgyzstan, Kurdistan, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. He has also done extensive on-the-ground research on the back-story of 9/11 in California, Arizona, New Jersey, Florida, New York, Germany, Spain, Malaysia, and Thailand. He has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, France 24, BBC World Service, BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, BBC Newshour radio and Voice of America radio as an international affairs contributor.
His research on the Hamburg cell with cited in the 2012 Pulitzer prize finalist for history The Eleventh Day The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden, by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan published by Ballantine Books.
His geopolitical analysis has been cited by PBS Newshour, Reuters, the Daily Telegraph, RadioFree Europe/Radio Liberty, and Voice of America. Additionally, Flood blogged for several years on the Huffington Post on international affairs.
His photographic work has appeared in BBC News, The New York Daily News, New York Magazine, University of Cambridge’s Research Horizons, Journalisten (Norway), The Washingtonian, Der Spiegel, Time, Le Figaro, La Tribune (France), Les Inrockuptilbes (France), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), Bild (Germany), Freizeit Woche (Germany), Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), Wissenmedia (Germany), L’Espresso (Italy), Le Vif (Belgium), Katholieke Radio Omroep (Netherlands) De Groene Amsterdammer (Netherlands), Spanning (Netherlands), Abendzeitung (Germany), De Morgen (Belgium) and on television for SBS Productions (Netherlands) and Red Bull TV.
He is currently at work on a memoir of his experiences and analysis of the after effects of suicide terrorism on the United States and the launch of the ill-fated “Global War on Terror.”