Analysis and insights into a world in crisis.

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About Me

Michael Cruickshank

I am an Australian journalist living in Berlin, Germany. I have a strong background in international reporting and open source intelligence (OSINT). My main areas of focus include conflicts, humanitarian crises and climate change.  My global network of sources, combined with strong technical skills in audiovisual production and content verification enable me to produce high-quality in-depth reports and analysis. Furthermore, I have work experience across three continents and am proficient in English, Mandarin, & German.


Currently, I am looking for freelance & full-time work opportunities.

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Throughout my career as a journalist, I have covered a wide range of topics relating to war, technology, global crises and international politics and climate change. A selection of news, feature and op-ed articles written by me can be read below.

A Saudi War-Crime in Yemen? Analysing the Dahyan Bombing Investigation – Bellingcat (Digital)

“At just after 8:20 in the morning on the 9th of August, a bomb dropped from a Saudi-led Coalition plane struck a busy market area in the centre of Dahyan, in Saada Governorate, Yemen. The bomb impacted close to the middle of the main road through the town, causing massive civilians casualties.” 

Cholera Hits Hard in War-Torn Yemen – Feature – Zenith (Print and Digital) 

“The fighting has killed more than ten thousands civilians while soaring fuel and food prices have caused the average Yemeni to fear not just the bombs and bullets, but also starvation and easily treatable disease. It was within this environment that cholera reappeared.”

To Solve The North Korean Crisis, We Need China – Analysis – Vocativ (Digital)

“A confrontation between the U.S. and the DPRK would be immensely destabilizing for the entire region, and would likely lead to extremely negative geopolitical and humanitarian outcomes for China. By raising the specter of military strikes the U.S. can be seen to be forcing China’s hand.”

‘Refugees are IS in disguise’: Bulgarian militia hunts migrants – Investigation – Middle East Eye

“This is Bulgaria in 2016. A member state of the EU, where a militia called the Bulgarian National Movement Shipka (BNO Shipka) is openly tolerated by the government. Committed to carrying out deportations of those fleeing the Middle East and Afghanistan, they are often what first greets refugees at the border of the EU.”

Yemen is on the Verge of Running Out of Water – Feature – ThinkProgress (Digital)

“While the United Nations warns of climate-driven wars as a danger of the future, in Yemen they are already a deadly reality.” 

Crowdfunding War: How Ukraine is Building its Drone Army – Feature – Vocativ (Digital)

“Countless drones have been shot down or captured by either side in more than two years of war in Ukraine. What made this drone so different was that it was the first of its kind to enter the battlefield, originating from a new way of funding war.”

The Smoking Gun – Feature – Newsweek Middle East (Print and Digital)

“Cheap and easily available, chlorine is being used in Syria with disturbing regularity, according to physicians on the ground.”

A Kurdish Convergence in Syria
– Op-Ed – New York Times (Print and Digital)

The Syrian conflict is beyond messy. But the S.D.F. gives America and Russia an opportunity to act on convergent aims, and suggests at least the tentative outlines of a lasting peace.”

Chinese drones: Cheap, lethal, and flying in the Middle East – Feature – Middle East Eye (Digital)

“The Middle East is no stranger to drones flown by the US, which have killed thousands of people over the last decade. But more nations are entering the game thanks to a new player in the market: Chinese manufacturers offering cheap hardware with a no-questions-asked sales policy.”

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Security Analyst

Beyond my work as a journalist, I also provide services as a security analyst. Through my work at Conflict News, I have maintained real-time threat monitoring services on several regions around the world. I am able to combine open source intelligence (OSINT) with human sources on the ground to provide a clear and timely picture of emerging threat situations. I also write reports for corporate clients on the level of geopolitical risks present in specific countries and the overall threat level their staff may face.