Richard Barrett (counter-terrorism expert)

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Richard Martin Donne Barrett CMG OBE (born 14 June 1949) is a former British diplomat and intelligence officer now involved in countering violent extremism. Barrett is a recognized global expert on terrorism who frequently appears as a panelist in related conferences and whose commentary is regularly featured in the press.


Barrett was born in Taplow and was educated at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire. In 1973, he was awarded a Master of Arts in Modern History and Italian Literature from University College, Oxford.

From March 2004 to January 2013 Barrett led the Monitoring Team that supports the United Nations Security Council Committee pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities.[1] Mr. Barrett was also a founding member of the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), which was established in 2005 to promote the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy adopted by the General Assembly in 2006. He chaired the CTITF Working Group on Terrorist use of the Internet and the CTITF Working Group on Dialogue Understanding and Countering the Appeal of Terrorism.

Barrett has been designated as one of the Global Experts of the Alliance of Civilizations, a group of recognized expert commentators available to the media to provide objective analysis on a range of pressing international issues.[2] He has spoken frequently on television and radio, and his interviews have been featured on Amanpour (CNN) and Charlie Rose (PBS).[3][4] He is the author of several articles and commentaries including op-eds for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Financial Times and The International Herald Tribune.[5][6][7][8]

Before being appointed to lead the Monitoring Team, Barrett spent his career in government service to the United Kingdom. He has held positions in the British Security Service (MI5) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Barrett also served as Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations for the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) both before and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.[9]

He has served abroad in Canada, Jordan, Turkey and the United States.

Barrett sits on the boards of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague;[10] the Transnational Crisis Project; the Global Center on Cooperative Security;[11] The Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad,[12] The Qatar International Academy for Security Studies in Doha [13] and The Center for the Study of United Nations Systems and the Global Legal Order (SUNSGLOW).[14]

Barrett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992[15] and Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2013 Birthday Honours.[16]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 24, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 26, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "CNN". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Charlie Rose -". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Richard Barrett. "Taliban put to the test". the Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Time to Talk to the Taliban". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Why the Afghan end-game is so hard to play". Financial Times. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Terrorism and counterterrorism". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  9. ^ "Richard Barrett". Global Experts. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 18, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 10, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "QIASS - Qatar International Academy for Security Studies". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Global Training in the Rule of Law". Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  15. ^ "London Gazette Issue 53153, Supplement (30 December 1992)". London Gazette 17. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 3. 15 June 2013.

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