Derek Henry Flood is an independent analyst on geopolitical conflicts and terrorism. He is currently a contributing analyst for IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review and the Combating terrorism Center at West Point’s monthly Sentinel publication.
He was formerly a correspondent for 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 publication. 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, Germany, Spain, Malaysia, Thailand and New Jersey. He has appeared on CNN, France 24, BBC World Service, BBC Arabic television, BBC Newshour radio and Voice of America radio as an international affairs contributor. His geopolitical analysis has been cited by Reuters, the Daily Telegraph, RFE/RL, and Voice of America. Additionally, Flood blogs for the Huffington Post on international affairs.
His photographic work has appeared in 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), Abendzeitung (Germany), De Morgen (Belgium) and on television for SBS Productions (Netherlands).
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.”