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Tom Clonan

Tom Clonan

Retired Irish Army Officer, Security Analyst.

With over a decade’s experience in the Irish Army, Dr Tom Clonan is now a renowned Security Analyst, commenting on international conflict for several media.

Dr Tom Clonan served as an Officer in the Irish Army from 1989 to 2000. He has experience of conflict in Ireland, the Middle East and Bosnia. He is a Security Analyst with the Irish Times, where he writes on international terrorism and defence, giving in-depth military analyses and strategic assessments of conflicts worldwide. He also provides expert military and security analyses to RTÉ television and radio, and to international broadcasters including the BBC and Sky News. Currently he is specialising in the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria along with IS Terrorism in Europe and the US.

He is also an internationally recognised expert and scholar on terrorism and combat and is a Fellow of the US-based think-tank Armed Forces and Society based at Loyola University. Academically, Tom specialises in the areas of news journalism, public affairs and crisis management, and his Doctoral Thesis focussed on women in the military and the use of force by women in international military and terrorist organisations. His PhD, published in 2000, revealed the widespread bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault of female soldiers within the Irish Defence Forces, causing him to be regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost whistleblowers.

He is the author of two best-selling books, ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ (2012) and ‘Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy’ (2013).

Tom is also a highly entertaining, inspirational and insightful speaker who combines military precision with academic depth and a great deal of wit and humour to cover a variety of topics including terrorism, combat experiences, military leadership, communication, crisis communication and whistleblowing. He is much in demand as a speaker and chairperson and has conducted numerous public debates and interviews with as diverse people as Enda Kenny, John Negroponte, Newt Gingrich, Colonel Tim Collins, George Galloway MP and Joe Higgins TD.

    Keynote Topics:

    • Global War on Terror
    • Conflict in Middle East
    • Conflict in Asia
    • War
    • Combat
    • Risk
    • Trauma
    • War Crimes
    • Terrorism
    • Whistleblowing
    • Organisational Behaviour
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • Emotional Intelligence
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