University Teacher in International Relations, Politics and History
Areas of expertise
Dr Ashraf can talk about global security, conflict, terrorism, counterterrorism, international relations and diplomacy. He is also an expert in information exploitation - intelligence processes and agencies; information as a commercial commodity and cyber security.
Afzal Ashraf has broad experience of International Relations and security issues, both as a practitioner and as an academic.
This includes service as a senior officer in the UK Armed Forces in operations ranging from famine relief in Africa to stabilisation operations in the South Atlantic, deterrence support in the Cold War and strategic aspects of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has worked in support of diplomacy in the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in information fusion, analysis and communication in some of UK’s security-related government departments.
He has been Head of Training Management for the Royal Air Force where he had responsibility for physical fitness, combat survival and through life learning.
He has run a private security consultancy covering areas such as cyber security and countering violent extremism and was a Consultant Fellow at the UK’s oldest Think Tank, the Royal United Services Institute.