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Crisis Management Operations: role of social media intelligence as a component of open source intelligence Masterclass

15 July, 2014 - 15 July, 2014, London, United Kingdom

Overview of the Masterclass

This masterclass will provide an in-depth analysis into the vital and increasing role of social media intelligence (SOCMINT) as a component of open source intelligence (OSINT) in crisis management operations, focusing on the situation in the Middle East and the events currently unfolding there.

Key subjects that will be addressed are; how UN crisis management operations develop understanding (i.e. the perception and interpretation of a particular situation to provide the context, insight and foresight for effective decision making); the increasing role of SOCMINT as a component of OSINT; the importance of OSINT and SOCMINT for mandate implementation (i.e. threats and opportunities) in an operations environment like the Middle East.

Why you should attend

  • Gain invaluable insight into the role of understanding in contemporary UN-led crisis management operations, and how it is developed (the Joint Mission Analysis Center (JMAC)
  • Discover key aspects of the role of social media in the Middle East and unfolding events.
  • Learn and understand how social media can be used to assist with mandate implementation, including operational decision making and force protection.


Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
Coram Street
London, WC1N 1HT
United Kingdom
The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.


Reynaud Theunens, Chief, HQ UNIFIL

Reynaud Theunens is since 2009 Chief of the Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) in the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) in Lebanon. A graduate from the Royal Military Academy, Brussels, he first served in the Belgian Armed Forces in Germany and subsequently at the Ministry of Defence, General Intelligence and Security Service. He participated in the UNPROFOR/UNPF and SFOR missions in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1994 and 1999. From 2001 to 2009, he worked at the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the ICTY, and testified in ten trials as a military expert witness. He regularly gives lectures on intelligence/understanding in peace support operations.


Event details

SMi Defence
15 July, 2014
15 July, 2014
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
United Kingdom
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