- The coming migration, refugee crisis & how to respond
James Blake, Journalist and advisor for international security, humanitarian crises, refugee, migration issues, advising world leaders, international business and NGOS: non-government organizations.
James in Turkey conducting interviews with Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees fleeing into Europe as part of the International Rescue Committee’s preparation for what became the European Refugee Crisis.
He helped advise the organization in setting up programs and advocating on behalf of the refugees to international governments.
He was in Northern Mexico, conducting interviews with asylum seekers fleeing Central America into the US, while also investigating how Mexican cartels are moving into fentanyl smuggling and how they distribute the drugs across the US.
James has worked as a writer to the former British foreign secretary, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and briefed him prior to engagements at the UN.
James as a advisor to global Mayors attached to the Mayors Migration Council, which includes the Mayors of Los Angeles.
He is advising mayors in their efforts to establish the Mayors Migration Council which is changing international policy around refugees and migration from walls and division to open inclusive cities.
James regularly publish articles for Foreign Policy, and investigative articles for Jane’s Intelligence Review, the New Humanitarian and gives interviews to leading outlets including the BBC, Channel 4 News, CBC Canada.
During his career, James also advised the International Monetary Fund on security and intelligence developments in the Middle East and North Africa, which included following a coup in Egypt and in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, and worked for two leading intelligence advisory firms.
He has written risk assessments on terrorism and geopolitical issues for some of the world’s largest companies.
James holds Master of Arts degrees in International Relations (distinction).
James has traveled widely across the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia. James has provided expert comment on political and security issues to a range of media outlets, including the BBC, Channel 4 News and CBC (Canada) and has spoken at large security-related conferences.