James de Waal is a senior consulting fellow in the International Security Department. He served in the British diplomatic service from 1990 to 2014, including postings at the United Nations in New York, in Berlin, Washington and Santiago.
In London he worked in several different departments of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including (twice) in the Policy Planning Staff.
From 2009-11 he worked in the Ministry of Defence, including on the 2009 Defence Green Paper and the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
At Chatham House he has focused on the politics of UK and Western defence policy, notably the relationship between senior political and military leaders, as well as on general trends in international conflict.
His Chatham House paper Depending on the Right People: British Political-Military Relations, 2001–10 was published in November 2013.
- Defence policy of the UK and major Western nations and international organisations (NATO, EU etc)
- International trends in armed conflict (including causes, military aspects, implications)
- Government decision-making on military interventions, and the role of strategy
- The relationship between senior political and military leaders
- Defence and security reviews
|1990-2014||Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including diplomatic postings at the United Nations, in Berlin, Washington and Santiago, and secondment to the Ministry of Defence during the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review|
- German and Latin American Spanish (not for broadcast)
- Depending on the Right People: British Political-Military Relations, 2001–10 Chatham House paper, November 2013
- This SDSR Hides Problems for the Future 02 December 2015
- British Public Loses in Battle Between Politicians and Generals 11 November 2015
- UK looks to salesmen-soldiers to keep British arms industry afloat Financial Times
- Wave of departures leaves British army under strength Financial Times
- Britain in 2020 – a vision of the future, from rutted roads to citizen cops The Guardian
- UK spy drones to fly over Syria in fight against ISIS Financial Times
- Drone strikes on ISIS loom large in allies’ strategy Financial Times
- PM announces £1.1bn defence spending BBC News