James Sladden

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Policy Analyst
Pittsburgh Office


M.A. in applied security strategy, University of Exeter; B.A. in history and politics, University of Nottingham

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James Sladden is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation working in Defense and Political Sciences. Previously he was an analyst for RAND Europe in the Defence, Security, and Infrastructure research group. Before joining RAND, from November 2014 until June 2015, James worked in the conflict areas in eastern Ukraine as an international monitoring officer in the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Prior to working for the OSCE, he served for seven years as an officer in the Royal Marines. His service included deployments to Yemen, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone, and counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean. James received an M.A. with distinction in Applied Security Strategy from the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter, where he was an Excellence Scholar, and a B.A. (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham.

Recent Projects

  • NATO, Russia and the European Member States’ contributions to the Alliance in the land domain
  • Russian Strategy in the Middle East
  • Measure Short of War

Selected Publications

James Sladden, "‘Uncertainty' in National Security Strategy, or, “What the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street could teach the Mandarins of Whitehall”," The New Strategist, 1(1), 2016