Chris Abbott is a highly-regarded consultant, manager, analyst and author in the areas of defence, security, intelligence and international relations.
Chris is the founder and executive director of Open Briefing, the world's first civil society intelligence agency. Open Briefing is a unique not-for-profit social enterprise providing innovative intelligence and security services to aid agencies, human rights groups, peacebuilding organisations and concerned citizens. Chris is also an honorary visiting research fellow in the School of Social and International Studies at the University of Bradford.
Until 2009, Chris was the deputy director of the Oxford Research Group, one of Europe's leading foreign policy think tanks, where he also served as the director of their sustainable security programme. Throughout 2008, he was an honorary research fellow in the Centre for Governance and International Affairs at the University of Bristol.
Chris has worked for a wide range of clients, including the British Ministry of Defence, the Australian Federal Police, KPMG, IHS Jane's, the Oak Foundation and Greenpeace International. He has had articles commissioned by publications as diverse as Jane's Intelligence Review and New Internationalist. He is uniquely able to move between the public, private and voluntary sectors, as comfortable working with government officials, serving soldiers or business leaders as he is with academics, journalists or campaigners. He is frequently called upon to provide expert commentary by the international media.
Chris is the author of two popular books on security and politics, 21 Speeches that Shaped Our World (Rider, 2010) and Beyond Terror (Rider, 2007). He is also the author of numerous influential reports and articles, including An Uncertain Future (Oxford Research Group, 2008) and Global Responses to Global Threats (Oxford Research Group, 2006), which are required reading in defence colleges and universities around the world. He is best known for his groundbreaking work on remote warfare, sustainable security and the security implications of climate change. His publications have been translated into a dozen languages.
Chris has a degree in psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a master's in social anthropology from the University of St Andrews.