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James Barnett

Research Fellow

James Barnett is a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute where he studies politics, geopolitics, and conflict in Africa and parts of the Middle East.

He is the author of the Hudson Institute report The “China Dream” and the “African Reality: The Role of Ideology in PRC-Africa Relations”. He is an associate editor of the journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology and a contributing editor with American Purpose magazine. He has also written for publications such as African Arguments, The American Interest, The Weekly Standard, The Hill, and Mosaic.

James was previously an analyst at AEI’s Critical Threats Project and a research assistant at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He also worked with the United States Institute of Peace as the lead researcher and writer for the final report of the Senior Study Group on Peace and Security in the Red Sea Arena.

James was a 2016-17 Boren Scholar in Tanzania and has been awarded a Fulbright research grant for Nigeria for 2021. He holds a B.A. with Highest Honors in History and Plan II Liberal Arts Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing an MA in War Studies at King’s College London. He speaks Swahili, Arabic, and Spanish.


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