Neil Hauer is an independent security analyst focused on Syria, Russia, and the Caucasus. Holding an MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies from Carleton University, Neil previously served as Senior Intelligence Analyst at The SecDev Group in Ottawa, Canada for three years. He writes extensively on Russia's role in the Syria conflict, as well as transnational militant and security links between Syria and the North Caucasus. His work regularly appears with the Atlantic Council, Syria Deeply, Foreign Policy Magazine, and an array of television and radio outlets. Neil is presently based out of Tbilisi, Georgia, from where he makes regular visits to Chechnya and the North Caucasus, as well as Turkey, Lebanon and other relevant countries as needed.
Neil's expertise is ideally suited to clients looking to navigate political and security risks in Syria, Russia, and the Caucasus. He has previously assisted clients with business interests in Russia's North Caucasus region, including Chechnya and Dagestan, as well as clients with interests in Syria's oil sector and political trends in Georgia and Armenia. Based in the region, he can provide on-the-ground assessments on developments affecting local and regional stability with the most up-to-date information available.