Award winning journalist and an expert on the Taliban
James Fergusson is an award-winning journalist, author and a noted expert on the Taliban and Islamic international affairs. He has been a contributing journalist at The Independent since 1995. He is currently researching and writing a new book about Somalia and its security threat to the West, which is to be published in early 2013.
James has written about and reported from both Afghanistan and Pakistan for over 14 years, and has met with numerous senior figures in the Afghan insurgency including the notorious Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the US State Department’s “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”, and who currently has a bounty of $25m on his head. He was press spokesman for the UN-mandated Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo, specializing in outreach programs, and informing the local population of the benefits of electoral reform and the rule of law. From 2001 to 2003 he was the executive for the London-based corporate intelligence agency, Hakluyt.
James Fergusson started out in journalism in 1989. He has written for many publications since, including The Independent, The European, The Daily Mail, and Prospect magazine, covering current affairs in Europe, North Africa, Central Asia, the Far East, and the Caribbean. James is the author of Taliban- Unknown Enemy (2010) A Million Bullets (2008), The Vitamin Murders(2007), and Kandahar Cockney(2004).
Masters, English Literature, Oxford; Bachelors, English Literature, Oxford
Areas of Expertise:
Somalia: Al Shabaab, piracy, and the diaspora
Afghanistan: The war against the Taliban
The Balkans: Post-conflict reconstruction issues
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