James D. Boys

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James D. Boys (born 7 December 1970 in Royal Leamington Spa, England) is a British academic and media consultant who focuses on aspects of American history and political life in the late twentieth century. Born in Warwickshire, he read American Studies, History and Politics for his Honours Degree at the University of Northampton. He holds a master's degree from the University of London’s Institute of United States Studies gained under the guidance of Robert McGeehan. He completed his PhD in the Evolution and Execution of US Foreign Policy in the 1990s at the University of Birmingham under the tutelage of Scott Lucas, author of Freedom’s War. He is an associate professor of international political studies and at Richmond, The American International University in London, where he also serves as director of the International Relations Postgraduate Degree Program. He is a senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute in London.


Academic career[edit]

Current research projects[edit]

Boys is working on a variety of projects, including an examination of the foreign policy of the Clinton Administration (1997–2001).[1] He is developing material on the life of Robert S. McNamara and on the struggle against political violence throughout the twentieth century. His work on the subject of rendition appeared in the May 2011 edition of The International Journal of Human Rights.

The Clinton Presidency[edit]

Following his 1995 meeting with President Bill Clinton, James D. Boys researched the first term of Clinton’s administration in an effort to explain the evolution and execution of American foreign policy during that period. His research brought him into contact with leading members of the administration, including Robert Reich (US Labour Secretary), Sidney Blumenthal (Assistant to the President), Al Gore (Vice President), Tony Lake (National Security Advisor), Nancy Soderberg (Ambassador to the UN) and Morton Halperin (Director of the Policy Planning Staff).

North Dakota Project[edit]

In 2010, Boys was invited by Gregory S. Gordon to be a visiting fellow of the Centre for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of the University of North Dakota. Boys visited the university in May 2010, and initiated research into a series of papers for delivery in October 2010. These focused on the execution of foreign policy under the Clinton Administration in relation to Rwanda and Terrorism, and on the broader question of the role of human rights in the international arena.


Boys has written on a variety of subjects and has been published repeatedly on the Nth Position and the 49th Parallel. Boys is openly supportive of the Special Relationship between Great Britain and the United States, and is eager to put an end to concepts of Anti-Americanism, which he sees as an expression of Anti-Administrationism.

Television and media work[edit]

Boys has made over one hundred media appearances since December 2007,[2] working with Sky News, the BBC and Al Jazeera English.

Selected publications[1][edit]

  • James D. Boys, JFK: The Exceptional Ideal? in JFK: History, Memory, Legacy: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry, edited by John Williams, Robert G. Waite and Gregory Gordon, University of North Dakota Press, 2009
  • James D. Boys and Michael Keating, The Policy Brief: Building Practical Skills in International Relations and Political Science, in Politics, edited by Alasdair Young, October 2009
  • James D. Boys and Hind Zantout, E-Government: Big Brother of Athenian Democracy, in Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-society 2009: Volume II, edited by Piet Kommers and Pedro Isaías, Barcelona, Spain, 2009 pp 13–17. ISBN 978-972-8924-78-2
  • "The Dual Containment of Rogue States". Nth Position Web site. April 2005.  An examination of the Clinton Administration efforts to deal with Iran and Iraq.
  • "Clinton and Europe: The Transatlantic Relationship 1993-2001". The 49th Parallel Electronic Journal (Summer 2004).  An examination of the Anglo-American relationship during the 1990s.
  • "The Somali Legacy: Black Hawk Two". Nth Position Web Site. February 2004.  An examination of the Somali deployment and its impact upon the second Bush Administration.


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