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ABOUT
THE RED LINE

THE TEAM

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MICHAEL HILLIARD

Host

Michael is a journalist reporting from countries including Iran, Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, and works with sources from the White House to the Taliban. He also serves on various committees and councils for the Australian Government.

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PERRI GRACE

Senior Researcher and Analyst

Perri is a researcher and analyst primarily specialising in disinformation, misinformation, OSINT and geopolitics. She is currently completing a Master of Conflict and Security with the United Nations Institute of Training and Research.

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JAIME THANNOO

Director of Media

Jamie is a regional journalist specialing in culture and breaking news. He has experience in written and radio media and has covered topics from local politics to federal elections and international affairs.

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GENEVIEVE DOLLELLON-MAY

Asia-Pacific Desk

Genevieve Donnellon-May is a geopolitical and global strategy advisor interested in
regional resource conflict and environmental governance in Asia. Currently, she is the Asia-Pacific analyst at The Red Line and a researcher at the Oxford Global Society. Genevieve holds an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from
the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and a Diploma of Languages
from the University of Melbourne. She has held positions as the 2022 Young
Australians in International Affairs Climate Fellow as well as at the Institute of Water
Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, andthe Asan Institute for Policy Studies, South Korea.

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NATE OSTILLER

Frm Soviet Desk

Nate is a recent graduate of the University of Glasgow, where he received a master’s degree in Russian/Eurasian studies. After living in Kyiv for two years, Nate relocated to Tbilisi, Georgia, following the outbreak of war in 2022. He focuses mainly on memory politics, digital disinformation, and the historical and ethnolinguistic dynamics of current conflicts in the post-Soviet world.

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AHMAD AL AHMAD

Middle East Desk

A Graduate of the Global International Studies program from Carleton University, specializing in Global Politics and the Middle East, Ahmad has been covering the geopolitcs of the region for a number of year now. Specialising in security and defence issues, as well as pan-regional terrorism, Ahmad brings his expertise to The Red Line both as a world class analyst, and as a expert on the complicated cultural dyanamics within the region. 

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ROBBIE SUTTON

Senior Researcher and Writer

Robbie is a graduate from the University of Queensland in Peace and Conflict Studies, and with a Masters in International Relations. His area of focus is civil unrest and revolutions.

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ISAAC GIBSON

Senior Researcher and Writer

Isaac is a freelance researcher, analyst, and graduate student at George Mason University in Global Affairs. He focuses primarily on conflict and security in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.

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MARISA RAFTER

Video Editor

Marisa earned a degree in Geography at the University of California and turned her animation hobby into a career. She brings her hand-crafted touch to all her projects, and her clients range from Fortune 500s to universities and non-profits.

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ROSS CRABTREE

Director of Media Strategy

Ross is the founder of AR Global Security, a geopolitics outlet based on TikTok and YouTube. He specialises in the post-Soviet space, digital governance and border disputes, and studied at Loughborough University & King's College London.

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JOSEPH HAWTHORNE

Audio Engineer

Joe is an audio producer and editor for a variety of shows from New Commentary to Audio Drama. He has extensive experience cutting tape, booking talent, interviewing guests, scoring music and in sound design.

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Producer and Editor-in-Chief

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WADE McCAGH

Wade is a communications expert currently completing a Masters of Cybersecurity, Strategy and Diplomacy at UNSW Canberra. He has previously served in leadership positions at several international relations organisations, including the Australian Institute of International Affairs, and is the former Editor-in-Chief of Pelican Magazine.

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Head of Breaking News

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FRANCIS LEACH

Francis Leach is a broadcaster, journalist and political strategist who began his broadcasting career with the ABC and Triple J. After working in news and analysis for years, Francis then flipped the script again, taking on several roles in the organised labour movement, and becoming a senior advisor to a member of the Federal Senate in the parliament of Australia.

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Senior Researcher and Event Coordinator

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DANIELA ŽUVELA

Daniela is a freelance researcher, writer and Master’s student in International Affairs. She specialises in Eurasian politics and major power intentions in the region and has been published by the research institute Future Directions International.

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Europe Desk

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SEAN COTTER-LEM

Sean is researcher & analyst serving as the lead correspondent of the Europe Desk. Currently a student of Political Science & International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, his areas of interest include the evolving transatlantic relationship as well as the interplay between democracy and conflict resolution. 

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Americas Desk

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NIK MCNALLY

Nik is a UK-based politics writer, screenwriter, and Linguistics graduate from the University of Manchester. le. Prior to joining The Red Line, Nik was the Newsletter Editor for Embrace Dialogue, a transnational organisation monitoring the Colombian peace process and advocating for the implementation of pro-peace policies in Colombia. Conflict, corruption, and security in the Americas are Nik's main focus areas.

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Researcher

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MARK SPENCER

Mark Spencer is the co-founder and publisher of the Climactic Collective, a network of shows engaging with the climate crisis. He has wide experience producing, promoting and managing shows.

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Deputy Editor and Contributor

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DEREK HENRY-FLOOD

Derek is both averteran frontline conflict correspondent. He began his  reporting career at the outset of the terror wars in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, continuing on to cover the 2011 uprisings then sweeping across calcified autocracies in the wider MENA region, and on through to the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria. His work on terrorism and insurgency has taken from Mali to Malaysia. 

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Writer and Researcher

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ANDREW GABOURY

Andrew is a specialist in European politics & security studies. He has a Masters in IR from UMass Boston where he worked as an international researcher focusing on areas from Scandinavian Security to Russo-Georgian Relations.

Andrew's Substack Newsletter

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Production Assistant

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JONAH GUNN

Jonah is a recent graduate from Monash University, majoring in International Relations and History. He focuses on development and regional multilateralism in South Asia and the Middle East.

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Writer and Researcher

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THOMAS MUTCH

Thomas Mutch is an independent journalist focusing on crime, crisis and conflict. He has worked all over the world from Venezuela to Lebanon, and written for publications such as The Telegraph, The Independent and Der Spiegel.

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