Dr James Kearney

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James Kearney

Senior Programme Manager, International Security Department


James Kearney was appointed senior programme manager in the International Security Department in April 2019. Before joining Chatham House, he was advocacy director at Action on Armed Violence, an NGO that monitors civilian casualties caused by explosive weapons.

He has previously worked for organisations including The British Academy, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, UNA-UK and in the Office of the UN Secretary-General.

James has spoken at multiple fora including at the UN in Geneva, Scottish Parliament and at universities including Oxford, LSE and Tsinghua. He has led political delegations to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and P5 Beijing Conferences respectively.

James provides evidence to the Defence and Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committees’ regularly and has advised and imputed into the UN Secretary-General reports on Protection of Civilians and Improvised Explosive Devices.

He received his BA from Oxford, M.Phil. from Cambridge and his PhD from Edinburgh University focused on post-Genocide Rwanda. He hails from County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Areas of expertise

  • Ethnic conflict
  • Civilian protection and R2P
  • The use of explosive weapons in urban areas
  • Mass atrocity prevention
  • UN peacekeeping

Past experience

2017-19Advocacy director, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV)
2016-17Head of …read more

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