Conflict specialist and technical survey expert
Expertise: Insurgency, radicalisation, quantitative and qualitative research and analysis
Languages: English, Spanish
Country Experience: Nepal, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Pakistan
James has designed and analysed various mixed method (quantitative and qualitative) research projects for clients such as the US DoD, USAID, DFID, NATO, WB, and various NGOs, with a particular specialisation in perception surveys in challenging environments such as Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan. His thematic expertise is in terrorism / insurgency / radicalisation, developed as a NATO Analyst in Afghanistan, as Technical Lead on numerous Ministry of Defence research projects related to the onset, dynamics and resolution of internal conflict, and through a doctorate in Political Science / Conflict Studies at Leeds University. The research for the latter was undertaken in remote parts of Nepal, and involved a survey conducted with local residents, focus groups, and over one-hundred interviews with subject matter experts, political leaders and ex-combatants. James also has expertise in M&E, for instance, through responsibility for assessing NATO / ISAF campaign progress in Afghanistan, with emphasis upon governance, security and development objectives.
‘Know Your Enemy: On the Futility of Distinguishing Between Terrorists and Insurgents’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 36/5 (2013), 419-430.
‘Insurgent-Populace Relations in Nepal: An Analysis of Attitudinal and Behavioural Support', Small Wars and Insurgencies, 23/2 (2012), 221-244.
'Neither Fact nor Fiction: The Validity of Opinion Polling in Afghanistan', Small Wars Journal.
‘New Wars Revisited: Testing Assertions about the Evolving Enemy’, Small Wars Journal.