Kristina Kazmi

Kristina is in charge of Counterpoint’s products: publications, reports, briefings. She has more than a decade of experience across the political risk analysis industry and the diplomatic service.

She spent seven years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, initially in the Policy Planning Department and then as a Senior Research Analyst covering Southeast Asia. As a leading authority on the region, she informed UK policy-making in several conflict-affected territories. During this time, she was also a core member of the London Crisis Response Team, assisting the British Government in responding to several high-profile international crises in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

She was subsequently posted to the British Embassy in Rangoon, where she worked on the peace process between the government and ethnic armed groups and the conflict in Rakhine State. She also served as the Embassy’s spokesperson and press officer.

Kristina is a highly experienced researcher and political risk analyst, and has advised government and business on managing risks in challenging environments. She holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews. She speaks English, German, French and Burmese.


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Re-imagining the Open Society in the Digital Age: A Bridges Project Position Paper

The guiding question for the 2019 Bridges Programme is a broad one: how can emerging digital societies support social well-being and liberal democracy? what...


The Italian Job:  learning to cope with populists?

We are at turning point in the way in which the mainstream deals with populists.   For those of us who have been studying...

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Bonne Année – Local realities of migration: emotions, institutions, conflict and cooperation

Counterpoint explored local and personal experiences of migration in communities across four European countries (France, Germany, Sweden and Italy), and here we set out...