James Barnett

Research Fellow

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At A Glance:

James Barnett is a research fellow at Hudson Institute, based in Lagos, Nigeria, where he studies conflict, terrorism, and geopolitics in Africa.

 

Biography

James Barnett is a research fellow at Hudson Institute, based in Lagos, Nigeria, where he studies conflict, terrorism, and geopolitics in Africa. He has worked extensively in conflict environments across Nigeria, studied and traveled widely in East Africa and the Middle East, and reported from Ukraine during the 2022 Russian invasion.

Mr. Barnett is also a research fellow with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja, Nigeria, and in 2021 he was a Fulbright research fellow at the University of Lagos for nine months. Prior to joining Hudson, he held research or analyst positions with the United States Institute of Peace, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and the American Enterprise Institute’s “Critical Threats Project.” He was also a 2016–17 Boren Scholar in Tanzania.

His writing has appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, New Lines Magazine, War on the Rocks, African Arguments, and the Los Angeles Review of Books as well as research journals such as West Point’s CTC Sentinel. Along with Hudson fellows Eric Brown, Hillel Fradkin, and Husain Haqqani, he is an editor of Hudson Institute’s journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.

Mr. Barnett holds a BA with highest honors in history and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA with distinction in war studies from King’s College London. He speaks Swahili, Arabic, and Spanish.

Events
11
April 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Reporting from the Frontline of the War in Ukraine
Featured Speakers:
James Barnett
Kenneth R. Weinstein
The administrative headquarters of Mykolaiv oblast destroyed from Russian missiles in Ukraine. (James Barnett)
11
April 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Reporting from the Frontline of the War in Ukraine

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 11. Register for the event here.

Monday 12:00 - 1:00PM
The administrative headquarters of Mykolaiv oblast destroyed from Russian missiles in Ukraine. (James Barnett)
Featured Speakers:
James Barnett
Kenneth R. Weinstein
27
January 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Future of U.S.-Nigeria Relations: A Conversation with Ambassador John Campbell
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador John Campbell
James Barnett
27
January 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Future of U.S.-Nigeria Relations: A Conversation with Ambassador John Campbell

Nigeria, the “Giant of Africa,” is predicted to have the third-largest population in the world by the end of the century.

Wednesday 9:00 - 10:00AM
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador John Campbell
James Barnett