James Kirkhope

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James Kirkhope is responsible for coordinating a broad array of research and consulting projects on terrorism and homeland security. He has published in academic journals, books, and electronic media on political violence and domestic security issues since 1989. Currently, Mr. Kirkhope is deeply engaged in the operationalization and delivery of a variety of significant Department of Homeland Security initiatives. For example, Mr. Kirkhope has advised DHS' development of its 15 Threat Scenarios as well as Alternative Homeland Security Threat Futures, has served on a DHS Technical Assistance Program delivery team since 2004, and continues to support the DHS-funded Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) as a senior analyst. Mr. Kirkhope has lectured in Anchorage, Boston, Cape Town, London, New York, Pretoria, San Diego, Tampa, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C. James Kirkhope founded the Terrorism Studies Group in 2002 and most recently in 2006 joined the Board of Directors for the Council of Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA) and began serving on the Editorial Board of the international Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning published in London. Mr. Kirkhope holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University.[1]



3/02 - Present

o The Cobra Institute
o Talos Technical Consulting, Inc.
o Technical Defense Inc.
o Terrorism Research Center, Inc.

2/99 - 3/02 (concurrent)

  • Project Manager for 15 nation comparative study on counter terrorism strategies
  • Conference Coordinator for over 110 seminars and conferences
  • Publication Coordinator for 33 books, 18 reports, and 1 academic journal
  • Public Relations Coordinator for over 440 media contacts from 1999-2002 including 3 conferences broadcast on C-SPAN and covered by CNN
  • Recruiter and Supervisor for a research team of up to 12

9/97 - 1/99

Managed daily research activities into social responsibility of companies listed in Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Wrote company reports and updates and analyzed, promoted and distributed annual public attitudes survey. Conducted research on proposals and consulted on issues regarding program development in democracy and governance.

9/94 - 9/97


5/88 - 8/93

  • Terrorism Studies Center Research Coordinator The George Washington University, Washington, DC Jim Kirkhope's duties included graduate teaching assistance, office management, internship supervision, conference coordination for over 50 events in the U.S. and abroad, and editorial assistance on 20 books and 3 academic journals for international affairs academic and professional research office.[2]


  1. Personnel/Staff, accessed 9 June 2008
  2. http://www.terrorism-studies.com/, accessed 9 May 2008