Coordinator, United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Implementation Monitoring Team
Area of Expertise: Defense and Security, Terrorism
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe, North Africa and Middle East, North America
Field of Work: United Nations
City: New York
Continent: North America
Richard Barrett is an expert on Al Qaeda-related terrorism. He is based in New York. From March 2004 to January 2013 he headed the Al-Qaeda and Taliban Monitoring Team at the United Nations and before that he worked on counter terrorism for the British Government. He is now a Senior Vice President at The Soufan Group, a New York-based security firm. He is also associated with the Royal United Services Institute in London, the New America Foundation in Washington, the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad and several other similar institutions.
His current job takes him to all parts of the world and he is in touch with a wide variety of officials and others active in the field of counter-terrorism. He has been particularly interested in working with national governments to examine the precise factors which lead individuals to join terrorist groups and how to counter them.
Mr Barrett is also an adviser to the Director of the Task Force established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to promote implementation of the Global Strategy to Counter Terrorism adopted by the General Assembly in September 2006.
Before joining the United Nations Mr Barrett worked with the British government both in London and abroad, serving with the Security Service, the Foreign Office and the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). He has had postings to Canada, Jordan, Turkey and to the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York.
He has conducted live and recorded interviews on television and radio, including with Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera, ABC, BBC, CBC, CNN, NBC NPR, Sky News and many other stations.
He has a master’s degree from Oxford University in history and Italian literature.
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