Richard Barrett

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Richard Barrett is a former head of counter-terrorism at MI6,[1] and until 2013 headed the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force.

He is now senior vice-president of the Soufan Group.

UK government career

Barrett has worked for the British government in the Security Service (MI5), the Foreign Office and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He was Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations both before and after the 9/11 2001 attacks in the United States. He has served abroad in Canada, Jordan, Turkey, and the United States.[2]

United Nations

From March 2004 to January 2013 Barret headed the United Nations Monitoring Team concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban. He also helped found the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF).[2]

Recent Career

Barrett is a senior vice-president of the Soufan Group and a board member of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in the Hague; the Transnational Crisis Project; the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation in Washington; the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad, and the Center for the Study of United Nations Systems and the Global Legal Order in New York. He is a fellow of the New America Foundation, Washington, and of the Royal United Services Institute, London, and an adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.[2]


  1. UK troops 'failed' by bomb safeguards in Afghanistan, BBC News, 2 February 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard Barrett, Soufan Group, accessed 3 October 2014.