James Black is an analyst at RAND Europe focusing on defence and security issues. In particular, his research interests include defence strategy and international security; defence acquisition and industrial issues; the strategic, operational and organisational implications of emerging technologies; futures studies and wargaming. He has also worked on RAND's ongoing research into the defence and security implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU ('Brexit').
Black has provided both qualitative and quantitative analyses in support of senior decision-makers across the UK government, such as the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and Cabinet Office, as well as NATO, the European Defence Agency and Australian Department of Defense. Prior to joining RAND, Black worked in the UK Houses of Parliament and the Centre for Social Justice and Transparency International's Defence and Security Programme, where he focused on the impact of corruption on Afghan security sector reform, as well as on cyber and maritime security issues.
Through the LSE-Sciences Po dual master's programme, Black graduated summa cum laude with an M.Sc. in international relations and an M.A. in international security following studies in Paris and London. Black also holds a B.A. (Hons) in history from the University of Cambridge where he received a Starred Double First, with a focus on global history, counter-insurgency and empire.