The Team

Dr Helene Lavoix (MFin Paris, MSc PhD Lond) – Director, Editor and Senior Analyst. Link to full bio.

Dr Helene Lavoix is the founder of The Red (Team) Analysis Society and a political scientist (International Relations) specialised in Strategic Foresight and Warning (SF&W) for conventional and unconventional security issues. She is a member of the “on invitation only” Agora-41 of the Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (ANSSI – French National CybersecurityAgency), a group created in September 2018 for a strategic reflection on issues and stakes connected to the ANSSI Mission. She teaches Strategic Foresight and Warning, both in universities, at Master level (e.g. since 2015 Sciences-Po-PSIA, 2011 & 2010 RSIS Singapore), and in executive courses (e.g. since 2013 Vesalius College Brussels, 2015 Geneva Centre for Security Policy). She has notably been the coordinator of the Strategic Foresight and Warning Community of Interest of the GFF (2013-2007), an independent consultant on SF&W, an analyst for the European Commission, the head of the Cambodian office of an NGO, and prior to that, worked in finance, as a treasurer.

She is the author of “Ensuring a Closer Fit: Insights on making foresight relevant to policymaking”, Development (2014) 56(4); “What makes foresight actionable: the cases of Singapore and Finland” (confidential commissioned report, US government, November 2010), “Enabling Security for the 21st Century: Intelligence & Strategic Foresight and Warning” RSIS Working Paper August 2010, “Constructing an Early Warning System,” in From Early Warning to Early Action, European Commission, ed. DG Relex, 2008, “Detailed chronology of mass violence – Cambodia (1945 – 1979),” Online Encyclopaedia of mass violence, 2008 and the editor of Strategic Foresight and Warning: Navigating the Unknown, ed. RSIS-CENS, February 2011; etc. More on Listed on the public list curated by LSEImpactBlog@LSEImpactBlog/soc-sci-academic-tweeters.

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Dr Jean-Michel Valantin (MA, PhD Paris) – Lead Senior Analyst – Section Environment and Security – Link to full bio.

He is specialised in strategic studies and defense sociology, and more particularly in environmental geostrategy. He is the author of Menaces climatiques sur l’ordre mondial (Climatic threat on the world order), Ecologie et gouvernance mondiale (Ecology and world governance), Guerre et Nature, l’Amérique prépare la guerre du climat (War and nature: America gets ready for climate war), and of Hollywood, the Pentagon and Washington: The Movies and National Security from World War II to the Present Day.


Jon Mitchell (MA) – Analyst – Middle East, focus Libya.

Jon is an independent researcher and writer with an MA in Public Policy – Middle East Affairs from Liberty University, U.S. He has contributed to a political-economic analysis report for a non-profit international organization, compiled an unofficial analysis report on Boko Haram for a U.S. Congressional Committee, and writes articles for Foreign Policy Journal. While interning with the Hudson Institute, he researched critical regional security issues and analyzed complex international challenges in their Center for Political-Military Analysis.