Experts & Staff

James Lynch

ECFR Alumni · Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

Human Rights, British foreign policy, the Gulf states


English, Arabic


James Lynch was a visiting fellow with the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Lynch started his career at the UK Foreign Office, where he was political officer in the British Embassy in Doha, worked as a MENA research analyst, and headed the FCO Gulf team. He subsequently spent seven years at Amnesty International, where he led work on migrant workers’ rights in the Gulf, and managed the organisation’s research and advocacy on the Gulf states, Yemen, and Iraq. He is a co-director of FairSquare, a human rights research group, and a contributing author to What Next for Britain in the Middle East?: Security, Trade and Foreign Policy after Brexit, published in September 2021.

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