Careers in International Relations

Careers in International Relations: A talk with Michael Osman
Working for the government and International Organizations

Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 4:30pm, # 0.16

Michael Osman is currently the Research Program Manager for the UNODC’s Afghan Opiate Trade Project (AOTP) located at the Research and Trend Analysis Branch, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, United Nations Secretariat, Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.  His responsibilities there include collecting, analysing and disseminating data on the global trade in Afghan Opiates and its link with insecurity, political instability, illicit economy and insurgency in the region and at the global level. Mike is also supporting the capacity building of research in Afghanistan and the neighbouring countries.
Before joining the UNODC, Mr. Osman worked for the UK Government analysing and assessing the links between organised crime, terrorism, insurgency and political instability. He spent 10 years working for the UK ministry of Defence on counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency issues which included 4 years in Afghanistan working with NATO and Afghan forces targeting the connection between the drugs trade and the Taliban insurgency. He has also provided assessments on the strategic, security and geopolitical situation in Afghanistan and the region to ISAF, various embassies and Afghan government figures. 
Prior to working on Afghanistan, he spent five years as a political analyst for the UK Ministry of Defence, and spent a year in Iraq as part of the post-war team investigating Iraq’s alleged WMD Programmes.  While in Iraq he was responsible for debriefing members of Saddam Hussein’s government to determine the extent of their knowledge on those programmes. 
Mr. Osman has a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a Diploma in contemporary security studies from the NATO Defense College in Rome.

If you're interested in joining the talk with Mr. Osman, please register for the event at irdepartment@webster.ac.at at your earliest convenience, since the number of seats is limited!