James, until recently Head of International Policy at the British Academy, has an extensive background in the international security field having worked for organisations ranging from the Office of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to the Africa Educational Trust in London, Kenya and South Sudan.
From 2010 to 2014 James headed up peace and security programmes at the United Nations Association of the UK, where he led on projects that focused on the Responsibility to Protect, Peacekeeping and Nuclear Disarmament. As Senior Programmes Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue from 2014 to 2016, Dr Kearney managed multiple counter-extremism programmes and worked extensively with EU and other international government agencies.
Dr Kearney has spoken at fora including the Scottish Parliament and at the European Commission, led high-level delegations to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York (2010) and the P5 Beijing Conference (2014), and is a frequent contributor to national and international print and online media.
After studying History at Oxford, James attained a Master’s degree in International Relations from Cambridge University. His doctoral studies at Edinburgh University examined post-genocide Rwanda and provided the basis for a contribution to the edited collection, “Education and Reconciliation: Exploring Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations”, published by Bloomsbury. He originally hails from County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
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