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Casey Brunelle

Casey Brunelle is a Canadian intelligence and strategic studies consultant with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, specialising in counterterrorism, public safety, and geopolitics. He is the Strategic Advisor to the International Airport Watch Association (IAWA), a North America-based, not-for-profit community policing/crime prevention program that provides aviation safety and security services in collaboration with civil aviation management and law enforcement.

A serving member of the Canadian Army Primary Reserves, Casey has been regularly published in British and Canadian security journals, international policy papers, as well as peer-reviewed academic textbooks on the subjects of military history, crime prevention, violent extremism, war studies, and international development. In 2017, he completed a four-year term as Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to the InterPort Police, during which he co-authored an ambitious community policing programme in a major Chicago suburb that saw a 70 percent net decrease in all crime at the end of the initiative's second year. For his service, he was elected by the agency's executive as "Intelligence Advisor of the Year" for 2015.

Also in 2015, Casey completed a research placement with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Secretariat at United Nations Headquarters, New York City. There, he facilitated dialogue and co-ordination among individual stakeholders, national governments, international organisations, and NGOs in response to humanitarian crises in the Mediterranean Sea and Syria. He produced a comprehensive meta-analysis research paper, detailing best practices in improving the safety and security of healthcare workers in Somalia, Pakistan, and Syria. The study was presented as a full conference paper at the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 in Istanbul.

Casey holds a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge (UK) and an Honours Bachelor of Social Science degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa (Canada). He has completed numerous professional certificate courses from leading academic institutions, such as Massey University, University of Strathclyde, University of Groningen, University of Bath, University of Birmingham, the International Relations and Security Network (CSS), and others.

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