James has spent more than 20 years working on humanitarian and conflict issues with a focus on the Middle East, including time living in Syria and Lebanon. He previously worked at Chatham House, MAP and Crisis Action.
He has an MA from Kings College London and a BA from Exeter. He is a contributing author to An Iraq of Its Regions: Cornerstones of a federal democracy and America and Iraq: Policy-making, intervention and regional politics since 1958. He was a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre and a is currently a Fellow at the Centre for Syrian Studies.