Tom Coghlan is a senior director in K2 Intelligence’s Africa practice, based in London. Tom plays a leading role in intelligence and investigations assignments in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, working with a wide range of clients across a variety of sectors.
Before joining K2 Intelligence, Tom was a foreign correspondent for The Times of London based latterly in Beirut, prior to which he spent four years as Afghanistan correspondent for The Economist.
The majority of Tom’s 13-year career in international journalism has focused on the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. He has worked in 20 countries and spent extended periods in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Mali, and Ukraine.
Tom also has expertise in security and counterterrorism-related issues and was for three years The Times’ defence and security correspondent.
Tom is the co-author of a critically acclaimed analysis of the Afghan Taliban (Decoding the New Taliban: Insights from the Afghan Field, London: C. Hurst & Co and New York: Columbia University Press, 2009). In 2010, Tom wrote a study guide for Helmand Province in Afghanistan, which was issued by the U.S. Department of Defense to American forces. He is a regular lecturer and guest speaker on these subjects.
Tom received his B.A. (Hons.) in history from the University of Bristol.