Dr James Khalil is an independent preventing / countering violent extremism (PCVE), deradicalisation and disengagement specialist. Over recent years he has provided research and monitoring and evaluation expertise to such programmes funded by the EU, UK, US, UN, and others in locations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria.
He is also currently conducting research with former members of Boko Haram and al-Shabaab, focusing on their trajectories into and out of this violence, and their subsequent rehabilitation and community reintegration.
Dr Khalil previously worked as a UK Ministry of Defence analyst, where he was responsible for research into the dynamics of civil war. During this period, he also deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he led coalition force campaign effects assessment, respectively in Basra and Kandahar.
He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Leeds, through which he focused on the relationship between Maoist insurgents and the local population in remote parts of Nepal.